Saturday, February 10, 2024

No one has permission to violate rights

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 7, 2024)

You are never obligated to cooperate with anyone trying to violate your rights. Never, for any reason.

It will be dangerous to refuse to help them violate you, but in such circumstances, cooperation is just as dangerous. Once someone has decided to harm you, you're not going to escape without a scratch. Especially when they claim to have the imaginary, magical quality they call "authority".

They'll try to make you sorry you didn't help them hurt you. They'll do their best to punish you. This only shows them to be the bad guys. A defining feature of bad guys-- criminals-- is their willingness to violate the rights-- the life, liberty, or property-- of others.

What are your rights? The Bill of Rights is a start, but not the whole picture. The Ninth Amendment hints at this by stating the other amendments are not a comprehensive list of the rights placed beyond the authority of government. "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Government hates, studiously ignores, and violates this law with nearly everything it does.

You have a right to do everything-- absolutely anything-- which doesn't violate someone else's equal and identical rights, regardless of the opinion of the regional political powers.

The flip side of this is the acknowledgment that no one can have a right to violate your rights. It doesn't work that way. This means you aren't obligated to cooperate with anyone who is trying to violate your rights or to prevent you from doing things you have a natural human right to do.

I won't deny this is dangerous knowledge to have and act upon.

Once you know this, you'll see anyone who is trying to violate you in the same light: as a criminal, nothing more. It doesn't mean you'll always prevail-- sometimes the criminals have the drop on you. Their gang may outnumber you. They may have given themselves permission to do what they do, and they may even claim you and your neighbors gave them this permission.

Funny thing, though: there is no hocus-pocus by which you can give someone permission to do things on your behalf which you-- as an individual-- have no right to do on your own. The myths saying otherwise are convenient for power-hungry bad guys, but lack any basis in reality or ethics. Now you know.
I couldn't do this without your support.

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