Remedial Practical Civics 100 Lesson 9: Rights, and abandonment thereof
“Why did he have to kill my boy?”
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that, or similar themes after some vicious punk gets shot while committing armed robbery or burglary, or… it goes on and on.
“Why did he have to shoot my boy?”
“How else was he supposed to get money for school supplies?”
The answer is: Because you raised your son to be a violent thug who threatened people’s lives. You failed to instill even the basic knowledge that a sociopath has: that even if one doesn’t have a conscience or think something is wrong, others do and will hold you to it. You raised your boy to be a feral animal that had to be put down for the safety of everyone. It’s your fault; you might as well have pulled the trigger yourself.
But I watch these interviews, and it just gets worse. Almost never does the commiserating reporter note the slightest possibility that the punk deserved what he got, or wonder why the grieving relative has such odd notions. By omission, they endorse the belief that the goon wasn’t doing anything wrong, that theft and death threats are acceptable.
Humans are predators. In order to interact socially, we accepted the concept of rights, just so we aren’t at each other throats all the time. Maybe God gave us those rights. Maybe we just developed them ourselves by trial and error over millennia, out of enlightened self interest. The how doesn’t matter on a day-to-day practical basis.
We accept that everyone who isn’t threatening has the right to life.
We accept that everyone has the right to keep their property.
We accept that everyone has the right to live their lives as they see fit, so long as they don’t threaten the first two.
That is what makes us people, and not just a smarter animal.
So what does that say about a thug who believes stealing things at gunpoint is just a good way to get school supplies? What does it say about mommy dearest who raised that creature to think that way, and thinks that way herself?
But this isn’t really about freelance redistributionists.
What does it say about those who would impose a communist economy based on “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”?
“Nice potatoes you grew. I’ll take those because you don’t need them, and I do.”
What does it say about those who effectively take your money by inflating the currency supply such that your dollar bill no longer buys what it did?
What does it say about the Green New Deal proponents who would take your home, your job, your food, your thoughts, and tell you where to live — and how — what job to work at, and what food to eat? What does it say about Modern Monetary Theorists who would take your labor by paying you with newly printed currency, and then “controlling” inflation by taxing it all back before it can be spent.
What does it say about “protesters” rioters, looters, vandals who steal and damage property. Who steal others’ very livelihood by preventing commerce? Who damage vehicles and assault drivers for merely wanting to pass through to go about their business? Who would take lives by blocking fire trucks and ambulances?
Aren’t these humanoid entities who have rejected the very principles that make us people?
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