Rights vs. Wishes, It’s That Time Again

It’s that time again, time to repost the brief and brilliant classic from Dr. Williams … Rights vs. Wishes. Definitely click through and read it.

Rights Versus Wishes – The Freeman: “True rights, such as those in our Constitution, or those considered to be natural or human rights, exist simultaneously among people. The exercise of a right by one person does not diminish those held by another. It imposes no obligations on another except those of non-interference. I have a right to ask a lady for a date, but I have no right to impose an obligation on her to actually date me. Similarly, I have a right to ask you to permit me to live in your house and dine with your family, but I have no right to impose such an obligation on you. Moreover, since I do not have these rights, I do not have a right to delegate authority to government to impose such obligations on another. In other words, from a moral point of view, one can delegate only those rights that one possesses. To argue that people have a right that imposes obligations on another is absurd.”

Additional links:
Healthcare Is Not a Human Right
How Much of The Federal Budget Is Theft and Handouts?