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|Subject: Re: Is health care a right?||Date: 10/9/2010 12:33 PM|
|Author: arrete||Number: 533356 of 861228|
Observe that all legitimate rights have one thing in common: they are rights to action, not to rewards from other people. The American rights impose no obligations on other people, merely the negative obligation to leave you alone. The system guarantees you the chance to work for what you want--not to be given it without effort by somebody else.
The right to life, e.g., does not mean that your neighbors have to feed and clothe you; it means you have the right to earn your food and clothes yourself, if necessary by a hard struggle, and that no one can forcibly stop your struggle for these things or steal them from you if and when you have achieved them. In other words: you have the right to act, and to keep the results of your actions,
Hooray! Phil has a right to his martini as long as he procures it himself and doesn't force someone else to produce it.
Er, isn't it a tad early for martinis?
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