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Sunday, 06 May 2007

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Chris

This essay will get readers thinking. I admit that I had never really focused on the UDHR "entitlements" of articles 22 through 26 until reading your essay.

Your conclusion that someone must pay for these entitlements is correct. I also agree that, in the extreme, anti-liberal force must be used to extract funds to support those entitlements. From a narrow perspective, this is blatantly unfair. Why should I pay taxes so "welfare families" can have food and housing which they did not earn?
Why not just say every man, woman and child for himself?

But here's the rub: A social system based on the "survival of the fittest" will always be a divided society and one filled with injustice. Anyone who has gone through a temporary financial crisis (illness, catastrophic loss, loss of employment)knows how quickly ones status can go from affluence to dire need. We all need a safety net sometime in our lives -- and I would even go so far to say that safety net is a "human right" in a modern society.

Without some basic universal education the opportunities of "liberty" would never be available to all. Without some restrains on work days and hours, there would, indeed, be slavery in a "survival of the fittest" society.

I think we should all reflect on the lessons that can be drawn from the African-American situation in the U.S. For 100 years the majority of them lived as second-class citizens and were denied equal rights. The "great society" legislation changed that, but many African-Americans stayed on the public dole for generations (much to the dismay of taxpayers). Today, however, we are seeing young African-Americans finally realizing and taking advantage of the economic and social opportunities our society provides. Welfare rolls are dropping, and more and more African-Americans are prospering.

The challenge for governments is to balance "entitlements" with responsibilities. The entitlements should be temporary means to a more equal, fully-productive society and not ends in themselves. We should never allow the non-productive elements of our society bleed the productive elements with no end in sight.

The advantage of the UDHR is that all nations have, in theory, endorsed it as members of the UN. Societies which have tried to apply it seem to enjoy more liberty than those which have ignored it.

GM

Chris,

Thank you for a very thoughtful set of comments. I want to acknowledge your comments now. However, there is so much meat in them that I will make a separate blog to address the issues you have raised.

You have provided an excellent opportunity to get into ramifications that I left out of the original in order to keep the length shorter than longer and to minimize confusions. However, the subject of "rights" always draws certain questions, and they deserve thoughtful answers.

Responding soon as a blog,

gm

Eleanor

George -Everytime I hear the words "social justice" I am reminded of Islam. Remember that "social justice" is the Muslim world is known only as "justice," where there is no such thing as "mercy."

If Islam comes to rule our shores, our rights will only be those things allowed by the dictatorship of Islam and with such "justice," our rights and freedoms will be out the window in a flash.

Eleanor

George -Everytime I hear the words "social justice" I am reminded of Islam. Remember that "social justice" in the Muslim world is known only as "justice," where there is no such thing as "mercy."

If Islam comes to rule our shores, our rights will only be those things allowed by the dictatorship of Islam and with such "justice," our rights and freedoms will be out the window in a flash.

GM

Eleanor,

It took me a long time to decode "social justice," to understand all the true evil smuggled in by a term chosen to seem benign. I got much more into "social justice" in a subsequent blog More on "Anti-Jihadists Go Pogo": Social Justice Is No Defense (http://sixthcolumn.typepad.com/sixth_column/2007/05/from_comments_o.html). There is no such thing in reality as "social justice," but there is justice, and that is what we must never let be taken from us.

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    So far, Muslims have their greatest victory over us by making us shift into defensive living with regard to them. We tread with fear of "offending" them, of inciting world-wide riots by Muslims against us, and of always trying to curry favor with irrationalists. We used to go about life, guided by our own thoughts and desires, and no defensiveness. It is our fault that we let them dominate our behavior. STOP IT! Americans do not live defensively! Let savages fear us!