You Have No Right To…

Rights are more about what you have no right to do than about what you do have a right to do.

You have a right to govern yourself. You can’t have a right to govern anyone but yourself. Such a right can’t exist any more than any other right to enslave.

You have the right to join with others to form a government, even one based on politics. You have no right to impose that government on anyone else outside your group which explicitly consented. Implied “consent” isn’t real– it is a euphemism for aggressive molestation.

You have a right to have police. You have no right to impose those police on others who haven’t been violating your life, liberty, or property directly, nor to force anyone else to help you fund them. No one owes your police anything— not respect, obedience, or deference. If your police violate anyone in any way, you are as guilty as they are because you hired the gangsters and they work for you.

On the above issues there’s a very narrow scope that is libertarian— only the first sentence of each paragraph– where you have the right to do those things… up to a point. But once you cross that point into the following sentences you are archating. You have no right to archate. No matter how you spin it.

If these things are difficult for you to understand or uncomfortable to face, the problem is yours. No one is obligated to explain it to you or to coddle your feelings.

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Kent McManigal

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