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Rights Vs. Privileges

There are essentially two "camps" on the issue of freedom. In one camp we have those who believe that government exists to provide people with freedom, based on the assumption that the ultimate authority lies in an area transcendent from humankind itself. Then, opposite them are those who believe that government grants "rights" which really, by definition are privileges  since they are bestowed and revoked by other groups of humans. The latter groups must believe in and practice slavery, although individuals in this group will generally have to convince themselves through some psychological "gymnastics" that they are not perpetrating that particular crime.

Rights are bestowed by a creator. This doesn't mean your parents, nor does it mean the state.

Privileges are NOT rights! They are bestowed by other humans - under their rules. What that means is that you grant THEM fealty, the fidelity sworn by a vassal to his feudal lord. I.e., you agree to play by their rules or even on their behalf. In essence, this is an "owner/owned" contract between people. Accepting privilege means you grant ownership of your behavior to another human being. Government grants privileges. Therefore, government can take them away.

The problem is that government is confusing rights with privileges. It doesn't see the distinction. So, your right to breath may well be confused with a privilege that the government may choose to revoke, like it did for the Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver's family.

In our view, only a creator can bestow or revoke a right - no matter what name you assign that creator. The job of government is to ensure that no human usurps the creator's power to bestow or revoke a right.* That means that the job of government is to protect individual rights: It has no power to grant or revoke rights and is clearly prohibited from doing so in the United States Bill of Rights. The Constitution clearly defines what powers the Government DOES have, and it is clear that the government may not interfere in inalienable (Absolute/Natural) rights.

End of story. No further discussion.

The only legitimate question at this point is, "Why is it important that I understand the difference between rights and privileges?", to which I'll answer:

It's important for you to know the difference between rights and privileges so that you know when someone is trying to deny you your rights. Believe me, there are plenty of people out there who would prefer that you DO NOT know the difference between rights and privileges because if you understand rights, they cannot enslave you.


"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or by the hand of the divinity itself: and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power." They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, -- Alexander Hamilton, 1775

"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." -- John F. Kennedy

*Even our Bill of Rights only acknowledges rights, it does not grant them. It just makes clear to present and future governments that the foundations of this country were built on the assumption that we, as individuals all possess inalienable rights beyond the powers of government.


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