Rights inherent to man that cannot be surrendered


United States Declaration of Independence
"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness ..."

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273 Years Later, Here's How Thomas Jefferson Is Still Shaping Our Society, 13 Apr 2016
Brief discussion of the anniversary of Jefferson's birth date, together with a video where professor Aeon Skoble discusses what are rights
"But how many of us have really pondered these words, can fully explain what unalienable rights are, and can specify who gives them to us? ... Skoble explains that unalienable—or natural—rights don't come from anyone, but are part of our very nature as humans. This concept that rights are not granted by a king, a church, or a government was revolutionary during Jefferson's lifetime and is largely responsible for the United States becoming the freest and most prosperous country in the world."
Related Topic: Thomas Jefferson
Democracy Versus Freedom, by Jarret Wollstein, Future of Freedom, Jan 2006
"To have a free and peaceful world, we must create societies in which the inalienable rights of the individual person are again respected, and the powers of government are strictly limited. That means ending confiscation of property without trial, secret arrests, imprisonment without conviction, and torture of prisoners. ..."
Related Topics: Democracy, Rights, Voting