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.
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."