A right is
to act without the permission of others. The concept of a right
with it an implicit, un-stated footnote: you may exercise your rights
long as you do not violate the same rights of another—within this
rights are an absolute.
A right is
it applies to all men, not just to a few. There is no such
thing as a "right" for one man, or a group of men, that is not
by all. This means there are no special "rights" unique to women
or men, blacks or white, the elderly or the young, homosexuals or
the rich or the poor, doctors or patients or any other group.
must be exercised
through your own initiative and action. It is not a claim
on others. A right is not actualized and implemented by
actions of others. This means you do not have the right to the
in another person's life. You do not have a right to other
money. You do not have the right to another person's
If you wish to acquire some money from another person, you must earn
you have a right to it. If you wish to gain some benefit from the
time of another person’s life, you must gain it through the voluntary
of that individual—not through coercion. If you wish to possess
item of property of another individual, you must buy it on terms
to the owner—not gain it through theft.
Alone in a
concept of a right would never occur to you, even though in such
you have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In this solitude, you would be free to take the actions needed to
your life: hunt for food, grow crops, build a shelter and so on.
If a hundred new settlers suddenly arrive in your area and establish a
community, you do not gain any additional rights by living in such a
nor do you lose any; you simply retain the same rights you possessed
you were alone.
defines what you
may do without the permission of those other men and it erects a moral
and legal barrier across which they may not cross. It is your
against those who attempt to forcibly take some of your life’s time,
money or property.
not have rights.
Rights only apply to beings capable of thought, capable of defining
and creating an organized means—government—of protecting such
Thus, a fly or mosquito does not possess rights of any kind, including
the right to life. You may swat a fly or mosquito, killing them
You do not have the right to do the same to another human being, except
in self-defense. You may own and raise cows, keep them in
and milk them for all they are worth. You do not have the right
do the same to other men, although that is what statists effectively do
only one, fundamental
right, the right to life—which is: the sovereignty to follow your own
without anyone’s permission, about the actions in your life. All
other rights are applications of this right to specific contexts, such
as property and freedom of speech.
to property is
the right to take the action needed to create and/or earn the material
means needed for living. Once you have earned it, then that
property is yours—which means: you have the right to control the use
disposal of that property. It may not be taken from you or used
others without your permission.
speech is the
right to say anything you wish, using any medium of communication you
afford. It is not the responsibility of others to pay for some
of expression or to provide you with a platform on which to
If a newspaper or television station refuses to allow you to express
views utilizing their property, your right to freedom of speech has not
been violated and this is not censorship. Censorship is a concept
that only applies to government action, the action of forcibly
and/or punishing the expression of certain ideas.
have corrupted the
actual meaning of a right and have converted it, in the minds of most,
into its opposite: into a claim on the life of another. With the
growth of statism, over the past few decades, we have seen an explosion
of these "rights"—which, in fact, have gradually eroded your actual
to your life, money and property.
declare you have
a "right" to housing, to a job, to health care, to an education, to a
wage, to preferential treatment if you are a minority and so on.
These "rights" are all a claim, a lien, on your life and the lives of
These "rights" impose a form of involuntary servitude on you and
These "rights" force you to pay for someone’s housing, their health
their education, for training for a job—and, it forces others to
special treatment for certain groups and to pay higher-than-necessary
statism, "rights" are
a means of enslavement: it places a mortgage on your life—and statists
are the mortgage holders, on the receiving end of unearned payments
extracted from your life and your earnings. You do not have a
to your life, others do. Others do not have a right to their
either, but you have a "right" to theirs. Such a concept of
forcibly hog-ties everyone to everyone else, making everyone a slave to
everyone else—except for those masters, statist politicians, who pull
strings and crack the whips.
to which you are entitled by your nature as man—give you clear title to
your life. A right is your declaration of independence. A
"right" is their declaration of your dependence on others and other's
on you. Until these bogus "rights" are repudiated, your freedom
live your life as you see fit will continue to slowly disappear.
Huxtable's Fatal Blindness is Highly recommended
June 14, 1999
1999 Fulton Huxtable