Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Abstractions /
The concept of rights is an important abstraction. The statement I had up at K., under Kleptocracy, does little more than mock the idea that any kleptocracy would take the concept seriously: except to lead the sheeple astray. I read that in below, subject to expansion.
For the moment I merely wish to ask the visitor to consider the subject in a light that civilization (kleptocracy, governed human societies) is famous for: exclusivity. Once, only the pharaoh expected immortality. The Greeks claimed immortality for a small selection of heroes. With regard to the soul, only men had it. Freedom: only the aristocracy had it. Privacy: only a few rich Romans. Humanity: a handful of “white” men.
More and more, more and more people demand immortality, souls, freedom, privacy … humanity. Kleptocracies offer rights to everyone: it always being clear that what can be given can be taken away.
If we were to take any of these concepts seriously we would have to conceive of abstractions that could neither be given nor taken away. That is, we would have to conceive of something we have indelibly, naturally: given by god or nature, not by a congressman or priest: or majority.
Privacy: Tom Brokaw owns half of Montana. I bet he can find privacy. I live in a trailer park with anyone blasting his boom box in anyone’s ear. How can I afford privacy? (I could go off into the woods, but then how could I offer Knatz.com? If I went off into the woods, how would I keep the timber companies from following? Do the once private peoples of the Amazon retain their privacy as the rest of the world tears the forest down about their ears?)
But some sort of rights might actually be compatible with nature. When I return, we’ll search for some.
Actually, Knatz.com already declares some; but not under the rubric of rights.
2003 04 01
|You have a right to your opinion.
You also have the right to remain silent.
|Anything you say can and will be used
Electronics repealed the Bill of Rights.
The government giveth. The government taketh away. Mostly, the government taketh away.
Much of the forest, the air, the land, the water … were taken long before we were born. But then other nations had spoiled much of the known world before the “New” World was discovered.
Clearly there’s much more to say on the concept of rights. Much is already implicit to explicit at Knatz.com