Individual Rights

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
– Ayn Rand


2 responses to “Individual Rights

  1. The rights that are supposed to be protected in the Bill of Rights were looked upon as natural (negative) rights. That means they should not require permission to take effect. In other words, if you have a right to your life, you should not be subject to an approval from the government. If you have a right to “keep and bare arms”, you should not need a license or permission to obtain a firearm. If you have a right to your personal property, then there would be no imminent domain laws that can force you to surrender you property.

    Obviously, we have no such real rights. Even the right to your own life can be taken under provisions of the Patriot Act. You have no real rights, only government permissions.

  2. Neither individuals nor governments, in a truly free and liberty-loving nation, have the legitimate power to harm other people or their property, or to endanger same, without good cause. Good cause would be to prevent someone from harming or endangering others. If we, as adults, truly own the property of our bodies and our minds, then we have the right to any behavior that does not violate the rights of others. For a complete discussion of true individual rights, go to my web site at: