November 19, 2012

The Origin (and Limits) of Man's Inalienable Human Rights

I referred to this talk in a comment on the Dalai Lama post. ("our case")

It is also the talk that precipitated an inspired discussion after the latest Liberty on the Rocks.

It most certainly deserves an embed.

Viewer's assignment: Distill the objective origin of man's rights into a single-floor elevator speech and recite it in the comments.

Philosophy Posted by JohnGalt at November 19, 2012 3:09 PM

I did enjoy it from your link (thanks Ari!) It is a good talk and the preternaturally handsome family behind him is only the tiniest of distractions.

If my irrational Facebook friends cannot be reached by the historical records of Capitalism, however, I cannot accept that they will be convinced by the ironclad proof of rights that Biddle proposes.

After a long weekend's typing, I think ThreeSourcers need accept the existence of a Platonic-Aristotelian split on the right. The Rand-Popper-Aristotle wing seems genuinely amazed at the existence of a Platonic, mystical, religious group of people who value liberty and accept Democratic Capitalism as the best means of organization (Michael Novak, line one...)

This crowd is a superb example. I love the ethereal intellectual exercise and wish I had traversed the icy tundra to make it. I applaud both speaker and listener for participating. But moving forward, could the time spent converting right wing Platonics to right wing Aristotelians be more fruitfully spent on the left?

The source of my birthright liberty? I learned from Thomas Jefferson that I was endowed by my creator with inalienable rights. And I learned from my blog brother that a synonym for my creator is "Mom and Dad."

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 4:12 PM

I think the disconnect between the Platonic and the Aristotelian is the presence or absence of the word some between "value" and "liberty." The Platonists want to reserve what they consider their God-given right to pick and choose, not just for themselves but for others. If we could only disabuse that notion...

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 6:06 PM

So, where does a very busy NB find the LotR schedule? I'm especially intrigued by JG's comment of a kid friendly event at Miller's grill (which had a past reputation for doing that all the time).

I can only find a LotR/Denver FB page. Please advise.

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 20, 2012 1:14 AM

Our newest blog brother, Bryan, is co-founder. Their FB page is here and I could forward your email to get on the mailing list with your permission.

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