Anthony Tidd You know, I have decided to offer you one final rebuttal. I want to be clear, that I do not do this necessarily for you, for as I stated earlier, based on your allegiance to Palin and Reagan, I think that you are a foregone conclusion, who …can only change his ways and views as the result of some major life changing event. You are a perfect example of the type of person illustrated in the parable of the sower. Put simply, you are beyond words.
You at least have enough of a grasp of rhetorical argument to find a way in most situations to continue to believe as you do now. It is not for me to change your mind, you may think whatever you please, but moving on, I have decided that I need to present my last point in a clear and succinct manner, should anybody else read this, and become infected by your erroneous train of thought. I want to say that I bear you no disrespect, or malice of any kind, and I truly pray that at some point in your life you become a little more enlightened than you seem to be at present.
First, human rights:
Here’s a list of internationally accepted and recognized human rights;
* Right to live, exist.
* Right to have a family
* To work for anyone
* To own property
* Free Speech
* Social Security
* Safety from violence
* Protection from the law
* Equality of both sex and women’s rights
* Fair trial
* To be innocent until proven guilty
* To be a citizen of a country
* The right to express his sexual orientation
* To keep own’s own gender identity and rights to have or not to have a surgery
* To vote
* To seek asylum if a country treats you badly
* To think freely
* To believe and practice the religion a person wants
* To peacefully protest (speak against) a government or group
* HEALTH CARE (medical care)
* To communicate through a language
* To be involved in love life
* Not be forced into marriage
* To pursue happiness
* Not to be forced to do something you do not wish to do
*Notice 20 and 21, which I have capitalized.
1. Now, recognize that, since the days of Herodotus (the “father” of western history, etc), it has been accepted that both health and education are essential to human survival and development. To deny a person access to either one of these two things, is to deny them a right to a decent existence, and thus is a violation of their human rights. See Plato.
2. If we can agree on point 1, then it is only a matter of which mechanism we use to ensure that ALL human beings have access to these rights, for it is our responsibility, as humans, regardless of sex, religion, cast, race, or nationality, to do so. This is not charity, this is our responsibility.
3. A brief look at world history will show that unchecked competition will very quickly lead to unbridled inflation, which will in turn lead to stratification of the world’s population into have’s and have not’s, or ultra rich and ultra poor, which I will define as extreme versions of both states of being (being so poor that survival becomes difficult). So, let us now accept that there need be some system of checks and balances, which ensure that this competition does not lead to the violation of any persons human rights, which it surly would if left to it’s own devices.
4. Let us accept, as “fact”, that the present state of the modern world, and it’s resources, exists as it does primarily as a result of feudalism (ultimately based on the concept of a divine right or entitlement), war and crusade, and not as a result of “natural” ownership. Many nations, peoples, have had and continue to have their land, natural resources, and even their populations stolen, in order to further the advancement and agenda’s of the developed world. Most history books written within the last 500 years will bear testament to this assertion. For this reason, the laws that governed Feudal society did not apply to all men, for if they did, the very people’s being oppressed could use these same laws against their oppressors.
5. Let us also accept that the US, and France, as nations with a common cause, sought to do away with the feudal structure of their ancestors, and both went in pursuit of developing a new system of government, which they recorded in their own constitutions. Based on the assertion that no man was above the law, these new systems of government were socially based, giving every citizen the same rights, and many consider these to be the archetypes of the modern bill of human rights.
6. Accepting point 3, let us also examine and accept that capitalism, and as it’s extension corporate law, are two systems born out of the pre-history outlined in point 4. They are ultimately not based on every person having the same rights, or being governed by the same laws, since they give rights to non-human persons without bodies, needs, or conscience (i.e corporations) and so, would not be the best system employed to ensure access to the human rights outlined by items 20, 20, and point 1.
7. I assert that, as much as it is the natural state of human beings to compete, it is also a part of our natural state to assist and co-operate, since we are social beings with social structures. These two things work in tandem and require a balance, in order to ensure a state of general peace and civility.
8. I assert that, access to those things, considered human rights, should not be governed by corporate law, and should not be subjected to unbridled and free profiteering. These things should not be owned or controlled by any one individual. Instead these things, guaranteed to all human beings, should be based on a system of limited or non-profit. This is the only way to ensure that all humans will have access.
This brings us to where we were in 1943.Yesterday at 9:06am · Like
Anthony Tidd In conclusion, I will say that your assertions are based on a false sense on entitlement. Maybe one thinks they are entitled because they work hard, because they are an American citizen, because they are a man, because they are white or clo…ser to it than others, because they are straight, because they belong to a clan, fraternity, or club. I say that we are all entitled to certain things, just because we are human beings, and these things should be guaranteed by our fellow human beings.
God gave you the right to live is an asinine statement. Would you know it if God didn’t give you the right to live? Makes no sense.
Do away with the idea that the poor are lazy, want your hard earned money, and should go and get their own, because the poor of this world work the hardest, and contribute more to your wealth than you do.
Do away with this concept of foreigner. Borders are man made and arbitrary. Only 60 years ago you would have been considered a foreigner in a land that your ancestors help build for the previous 400 years, and this is before we talk about the original inhabitants, being treated as foreigners on land that they had graced and farmed for 10,000 years before that!
The English went around the world stealing everybody else’s resources and riches. Years later, when their “subjects” came to the “mother land” to enjoy the fruits of their previously stolen riches, they also called them foreigners!
Were the rest of the world entitled to the same kind of reparations and justice that Israel gets from Germany, there would be no European, or American economy.
The concept of foreigner only works in your favor if you are the one with the strength and power.
There is NO reason why ANYBODY should die from a curable ailment or by starvation. I am not talking about extreme situations, I am talking about people who work hard and want to feed their families and keep them healthy, but can’t because of free trade agreements that force them to sell their products for less than pennies, health insurance premiums higher than they can earn in 6 months, land made baron by farming the same harsh crop for 40 years, tainted water supplies due to mountaintop coal removal, inflation caused by the world bank forcing them to export their main product and import foreign food, or corporations owning their water supply, cancer caused by petroleum processing plants on their doorsteps……The list goes on and on and on.
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Khari Mateen Is anyone reading this. damn that makes allot of sense. This is about the best thing I have ever read on facebook. Compassion is a hard thing to do for some people. I even fall sort, but reading this today has reinvigorated my soul, thank you anthony you have improved my day.2 minutes ago · Like