Rights are inseparably entangled

Posted: January 11th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Kent McManigal, Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner

Each right you have is inseparably entangled and connected with every other right.  They form a web that is a unit rather than something that can be subject to “picking and choosing”.  This is why “liberals” and “conservatives” fail to respect liberty.  They each wish to pick out their favorite rights while denying that others, which they don’t like, exist at all or pretending they are not important.  It doesn’t work that way.

Instead, when you try to disparage or violate one right, the entire tapestry of liberty starts to unravel and is weakened.  This means that even those rights you wish to have the freedom to exercise fall prey to the destruction that your foolish meddling introduced.

Don’t be a part of the problem, but stand up for all rights- including the rights that you dislike, even against those who claim to be on your side.  They may not appreciate your principled stand exposing their inconsistency, but that is their shortcoming, not yours.

Liberty is nothing but the freedom to exercise your rights.  All of your rights; all of her rights; all of his rights.  You don’t have to take the freedom, but you have to accept that it exists in order to be consistent and ethical.


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