What are your rights?

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    "A “right” is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action; the right to life means the right to engage in self-sustaining and self-generated action—which means: the freedom to take all the actions required by the nature of a rational being for the support, the furtherance, the fulfillment and the enjoyment of his own life. (Such is the meaning of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)

    The concept of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.

    Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.

    The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.

    Bear in mind that the right to property is a right to action, like all the others: it is not the right to an object, but to the action and the consequences of producing or earning that object. It is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it. It is the right to gain, to keep, to use and to dispose of material values"--John Galt
     
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    Ayn wasn't totally crazy.
     
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    You never really own your property if it can be taken away for not paying taxes....
     
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    I dunno ask the government, they move the goal posts whenever some fucking minority or protected class throws a fit.
     
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    An important question with an easy answer. Your Rights, regardless of what is written down on paper, are what you can get enforced, period. Nothing more, and nothing less.
     
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    All I know is

    You gotta fight for your right to PARTY

    And the right to remain silent

    Outta here
     
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    And that proves exactly what?
     
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    They tried moving the hash marks but we found them and smoked them anyway, know what I mean????
     
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    When doubletap can effectively explain "liberty" and "freedom," I will listen. He has not done that.
     
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    In other words, rights are indistinguishable from the law. In other words, prior to 1860 negro slaves had no rights. No injustice was committed by buying and selling them and treating them like property.

    Not even a liberal would subscribe to that notion.
     

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