“Liberty is the power to do everything that does not interfere with the rights of others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every individual has no limits save those that assure to other members of society the enjoyment of the same rights.” –Thomas Paine, Plan of a Declaration of Rights
[I do not understand what is so difficult about this for people to understand. Maybe it is because I was raised in a very libertarian household. What I do in my house, on my property, with my friends is my business. No one, not my neighbors, not the city, not the state, not the federal government has any right to stop me except in the case of my interfering with the rights of others. The hard part though is the definition of the word right has been twisted and mangled to the point where people don’t really understand what a right is any more. Even more than that though, potentialities are commonly called actualities when they are NOT.
A right to have something provided is not actually a right. You can have rights to be able to do XYZ, but you do not have a right to XYZ. Because if you did have a right to XYZ, it means that someone else rights must be violated to provide it to you.
It is obvious though that when you step back, many liberties have been destroyed in this country. The damage from prohibition still lingers as people still attempt the same approach with other materials they dislike. The substitute for alcohol has been firearms and other drugs. Materials that truthfully are no one’s business but the claim for potentiality provides the power. I could care less if my neighbor wants to sit in their house and get high. I could care less about who has a relationship with whom. The bottom line is no one should be regulating what I can and cannot do that does not infringe upon the actual rights of others.
I was raised constantly hearing the following, “There are three types of people in the world. Those who want to be slaves, those who want to be slave owners, and those who wish to be neither.” I was raised to be in that third class. I wish more people actually wanted to live in this third region. If it wasn’t for groups one and two, this place would be a hell of a lot more fun. -B]