Rights, Privileges, Liberty

Liberty without responsibility is a privilege, not a right. Rights are manifest in liberty and equality. Where privileges reign instead of rights, often made to masquerade as rights, a system of inequality and the lack of liberty exists. Rights flourish with respect where equality is a primary condition of all social relationships. Rights carry responsibilities; abdicating responsibilities to our rights removes them from the position of choice and replaces them with privileges we are supposed to be grateful for like dogs begging for bones or scraps from the table.

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