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Superman Speaks On Political Rights

Great Krypton!

I thought a little mental experiment would help add clarity on the "Rights" issue.

Let's suppose that Superman was real, and imagine he is a total dick and an evil bastard.

He has unlimited power and can't be killed or stopped.

No human's power or combined human power could overcome or restrain him.

His mind is set on evil, and no possible political activity could block his will. We are all his slaves if he so wishes.

It is not possible to establish or enforce political rights if Superman denies them.

No moral persuasion can make Superman change his ways and and be a decent creature. He will simply not respect the interests of humans.

In such a world, there could be no rights. They could not be achieved.

They would not be natural, since nature is mute and doesn't care, and they could not be politically achieved, because Superman says Nope.

So you can see via this absurd story, rights can only have meaning if they can be achieved by political means, by the exercise of political power. Otherwise they have no meaning and existence in the world.

Rights do have a political existence.

You can achieve a political situation where your interests or claims are enforced, and called political rights.

You can argue for them from your morality or interests or a lot of sources. But there is nothing inherent in nature that makes these claims BINDING on others, only force.

Your rights aren't provable or true in a logical sense. They requirre you to exercize your power and combine with others with similar interests to protect your common interests.

For the rights to become real, it requires the sanction of the political system, the body of society. So rights are legal constructs.

That's all I am saying.

For Truth, Justice and the American Way,


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Or any other species...

..demonstrating the capacity to reciprocate and respect the rights of others. Ma bear (or a random human psychopath) has interests that she will protect, but she seems to lack the capacity to respect the rights of innocent hikers and will not differentiate between them and actual malefic predators intent on injuring her cub (or delicate feelings.) Contra the Kryptonian scenario, I thought it useful to confine the discussion of rights to those organisms that had actually shown an ability to understand them.

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