Thursday, January 07, 2010

Positive Rights


(fm the BC thread "Lie to me")

Don Rodrigo,
“Positive Rights” are insidious nonsense

There is one caveat on your position that I would consider. There is a distinction between the political and the familial in human affairs that sometimes becomes indistinct. Within the family unit there are positive rights. A child has a positive right to the support of their parents. The problem becomes one of where to draw the boundary. All meaningful problems in science are boundary problems. A 6 year old has a positive right. Does an 18 year old or a 30 year old? The point is simply that the line is 1. arbitrary and 2. cultural. Also does the definition of family extend to nephews and aunts, cousins or 2nd cousins? In a tribal culture the boundary gets pushed out very far and in contemporary culture there may not even be an intact nuclear family to rely on.

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