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  • I agree that asking whether or not you can defend your home is assinine, but I'm not entirely certain of the basis for my assertion. You wrote:

    I come from a worldview where rights are inherent, intrinsic, unalienable. They are not granted by the government; they are only acknowledged and protected (or ignored and infringed) by the government. You have rights by virtue of the fact that you own yourself.

    I agree that the government should be acknowledging and protecting our rights and not granting them, b

    • My justification is less explicit and more of a request for justification of what you said. It seemed that you said we have our rights as a byproduct of promoting the welfare of society. I'm saying we have our rights, period, and that society benefits as a side-benefit. Both are important, of course.

      My justification is the fact that I own myself. I belong to me, not to society. People have had grand schemes about bettering society through telling everybody what to do since time immemorial, but that doesn't make it right. There was no justification for the Pharaohs of Egypt to regulate everyone's lives; there was no justification for the absolute rights of monarchs over their citizens; there is no justification for a democracy to exercise the same rights as monarchs; and there is no justification for a Communist regime to better society through exercising this kind of "ownership" role over its citizens.

      If I own myself, then all other rights follow. If I don't own myself, the only alternatives are that I belong to society, to the state, to the crown, or to another individual. Obviously all of those are untenable.

      Did you get a chance to check the link from the journal entry on my worldview? That might provide some justification. If it's not enough, I'll try to elaborate further.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers