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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 ...


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 B. Wollstein, Freedom Daily, Jan 2006
Compares the definitions of democracy, collectivism and individualism, explaining why democracy and regular elections do not guarantee freedom, substantive rights nor peace, and that democracy is not a precondition for individual liberty
Your substantive rights include your: (1) right to life, liberty, and property; (2) freedom of speech and press; (3) right to trial by jury; (4) freedom to travel; (5) freedom of religion; (6) freedom to educate your children as you see fit; (7) right to own and run your own business; (8) right to defend yourself, including the right to own guns; and (9) right not to be spied on by government. The Declaration of Independence expresses this vision well ... To have a free and peaceful world, we must create societies in which the inalienable rights of the individual person are again respected ...
Related Topics: Democracy, Law, Rights, Voting, War
The Great Writ Then and Now, by Wendy McElroy, The Freeman, Nov 2009
Chronicles the history of the writ of habeas corpus from the Magna Carta through the American Civil War to Guantanamo Bay and "enemy combatants"
The key theoretical debate concerns whether habeas corpus is an inalienable natural right that preceded the State or a privilege granted by government. An inalienable right is one that cannot be transferred or taken away. The Declaration of Independence, of course, embraced natural rights as the basis of liberty ... If any right can be called "inalienable," habeas corpus must be included on that list. ... The body of the Constitution contradicts both the Declaration ... and the Bill of Rights on habeas corpus, however, because the Suspension Clause makes it alienable and a privilege granted by government.