Are human rights natural—or a social construct?

Either way, universal human rights are essential for human flourishing. The Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal”—“endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”—because of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Trees exist whether human societies exist or not. But money doesn’t exist outside of human societies. Money is aContinue reading “Are human rights natural—or a social construct?”

Where do human rights come from?

Are human rights government creations? Or do human rights pre-exist government – being derived from nature – with government tasked with protecting those rights? These are important questions because the answers weigh heavily on what rights we have and whether they can legitimately be taken away. If we have free speech only because the governmentContinue reading “Where do human rights come from?”