A Reflection on Rights





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Published on Jan 26, 2013

Ron Paul delivers a reflection on rights.

In his 1850 book 'The Law' Frédéric Bastiat set forth a principle regarding the legitimate powers of government:

"Sometimes, the law places judges, police, and prisons at the service of the plunderers and treats the victim—when he defends himself, his liberty, or his property—as the criminal. How is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply: see if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."

Put more succinctly - "The government shouldn't be able to do anything that you and I can do"

This is consistent with a government whose powers are delegated from the citizen constituents of the society. One cannot delegate powers which one does not possess. The government is the agent of the people. To assume that the government has powers beyond those which the citizens can delegate to it is to place the agent above the principle.

Former Congressman Ron Paul proposes a new principle designed for a people living under a government which has overstepped it's delegated authorities.

"Anything the government assumes they have a right to do to us, we should assume we have a right to do that to them."


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