To all you libertarians who don’t believe in natural rights- what say you?
What America’s Founding Fathers recognized and other societies did not is the principle of the individual’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as being the moral foundation of a free society.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
– Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
“Inalienable” has the same meaning as “Unalienable,” the term used by the Founding Fathers. Oxford Dictionaries Online defines inalienable as “unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor.”
In the following excerpt, Ayn Rand eloquently defines “rights” and explains that all rights stem from man’s right to his own life.
“‘Rights’ are a moral concept…
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