Friday, April 22, 2016

Rights vs Privileges

Whoa, we're half way there
Whoa, living' on a prayer
--Bon Jovi

Prof Williams once again reminds us what a 'right' is. A right is something that exists between people that imposes no obligation on others except non-interference. Free speech, for example, is a natural right.

Claims that health care, housing, education, et al are rights are mistaken. In order for some people to consume health care services that they did not earn, others must be obligated to provide those services. Health care in such an instance is a privilege, i.e., an exception to the right of property, for those receiving the services. Those providing the services are enslaved to provide the privileges.

Obligatory health care intrudes on the rights of others.

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