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Uploaded on Jul 28, 2008
Professor Tibor R. Machan, PhD, Philosopher, Chapman University, California, USA
Human Rights Issues in Germany (Part 1 of 6)
23 July 2008, University of Heidelberg
If Germany is to follow through with the revolution that began with the Fall of the Wall, the country's legal order will need to begin to emphasize individual rights in the tradition of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. This tradition most fully expresses the idea of the sovereignty of the human individual, something that began to emerge with the Magna Carta and is the mark of justice in human community life. Germany - and indeed most of the world - is far from having attained this kind of polity. But that doesn't make it any less imperative.