Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Creed of Freedom


I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group; that these rights are intrinsic to each individual, not granted by the state; for if the state has the power to grant them, it also has the power to deny them, and that is incompatible with personal liberty.

I believe that a just government derives its power solely from the governed. Therefore, the state must never presume to do anything beyond what individual citizens also have the right to do. Otherwise, the state is a power unto itself and becomes the master instead of the servant of society.

I will continue to publish the rest of Edward Griffin's creed throughout the weekend. The world needs more men like Edward.


At 11:50 AM, Blogger rabbit said...

I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group;

There is either justice for the individual, or there is no justice at all. Full stop. The term "social justice" is meaningless, it's only purpose to sugar-coat instituitionalized bigotry.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I believe that we will not have a truly equal society until people stop seeing themselves as a member of groups with special rights and start to think of themselves as individuals with the same rights as everyone else.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger angryroughneck said...

It is an inspiring message

At 2:45 PM, Blogger SUZANNE said...

I don't think the average person udnerstands the notion of "intrinsic". That's one reason they don't understand the concept of rights.

I don't believe groups have rights as such, but I do believe in the notion of the common good.


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