[Cross-posted at City of God.]
“Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women…” ~ From the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Here is something that I wonder: does Western civilization have a coherent argument for the existence of human rights?
How do we determine what is a right?
An article on the Mises.org blog from a while back raised this question in a vivid manner:
Every once in a while, something comes along that perfectly encapsulates the idea of so-called “social justice” in action. For all the wonderful critiques that have been written about this wretched concept by its many detractors, none quite match the elegant simplicity of a recent work by some of its advocates. I am referring here to a recent video made for the World Day of Social Justice in which students and teachers complete this sentence:
Everyone has the right to _____. Continue reading