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Boaz’s Blog 003. What is a Human Right?

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Let’s begin with a simple question:  Why are you on the planet? Why am I on  the planet? Answer: The simple truth is that we are on  the planet because we want to  be.  Life is based on desire. In this simple premise lie the seeds of societal transformation.

In my effort to define a human right I  found that more than any other  definition, human rights are  defined as basic  wants or fundamental aspirations. (“Aspirations” is just a fancy   word for “wants.”) Rights are also called freedoms.  But, ironically, having the freedom to achieve one’s potential is less assertive than actually wanting it.  Thus, the best definition of  a  human right is that it is a fundamental want.

A second premise regarding human rights is that they are based on desires that originate with  the individual’s personality.  In its 1948 American Declaration of  Rights and Duties of Man, the Organization of American States indicated that rights  originate with personality attributes of  the  individual.  Therefore, there are no group or organizational rights.  There are  only individual rights.

Since human rights are based on individual attributes held in common , they are universal and apply to all humans.  That sets  up an inherent conflict between nationalism and human  rights. Maybe that is why the Constitution was  originally ratified in  1789, without a clear reference to individual rights; yet very  clear regarding the goals of domestic tranquility, common defense, and  general welfare.

The Declaration of Independence states that  governments are  instituted to secure the people’s rights. However, in order to be effective, a government must secure all rights. If not,  the distribution of its services will be imbalanced. The Bill of Rights (first ten amendments) was added to the Constitution in 1791 and was  not  intended to be a comprehensive body of  rights.  This is confirmed by the Ninth Amendment which  specifically protects those  rights not included in the Constitution.

The unfair and imbalanced distribution of government resources is the  condition, and perhaps the biggest problem, of American government today. This discussion begs the  question:  Is there a comprehensive and balanced body of rights which could be a matrix for a governmental organizational system? Yes, there is.  I will introduce that system  in the next blog.

Next:  Boaz’s Blog 004. Beyond Bernie. The Article Five Convention.