Comments: Open Boulder?

Not sure if I'm misinterpreting but I think I disagree with your first pull quote. Rights do not come from citizenship. As so eloquently stated in our founding documents, we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.

The rights do not attach to citizenship, they attach to human beings. Then you can live in a country that either protects and defends those rights or infringes them.

I would have no problem with a world government provided that government was set up to defend individual rights.

Posted by dagny at November 4, 2016 6:20 PM

Voting is an example of a right (or privilege) of citizenship. Of course, in a just system, voting would be more for amusement than for protecting against infringement of your rights. Unfortunately, nobody lives in a just system anymore.

Posted by johngalt at November 5, 2016 10:59 PM

I have huge respect for Hillsdale, but I am going with swing-and-a-miss here.

Continuing your right and privilege excerpt:

The idea that every right has a corresponding duty or obligation was essential to the social compact understanding of the American founding. Thus whatever was destructive of the public good or public happiness, however much it might have contributed to an individual's private pleasures or imagined pleasures, was not a part of the "pursuit of happiness" and could be proscribed by society. Liberty was understood to be rational liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was understood to be the rational pursuit of happiness--that is to say, not only a natural right but a moral obligation as well.

I don't think that paragraph is going to engender much affection 'round these parts.

The comparisons with Germany are specious. One could fairly could claim Germany to be a reduction ad absurdam to question my belief but it is not a model of what is proposed. Germany is smaller in area, population and GDP and is accepting overwhelming numbers without any opportunities for vetting or tracing.

Erler suggests refugee camps but we have experience with those in Palestine/Israel which make the German example look like paradise.

I think a nation of 300,000,000 can accept 10,000 human beings who have been displaced from their home by war. And I believe those 10,000 will cause the exact same amount of trouble as the next 10,000 babies born in Colorado.

Posted by jk at November 7, 2016 10:09 AM

@ Dagny:

rights do not attach to citizenship, they attach to human beings
As a practical matter, they are only upheld in pluralistic democracies. They may attach to humans, but they do not stick around for long in Venezuela, or the old USSR.

Posted by nanobrewer at November 7, 2016 11:35 PM
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