There are two axiomatic concepts, Existence and Consciousness.
if you are willing to accept the Aristotelian laws of logic the concept of individual rights can be derived from these axioms.
There is a website where you may follow this line of reasoning in the realms of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and politics.
Ron Paul recommended Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and she is the founder or creator of Objectivism, which is the title of her philosophy.
When she decided as a youngster that she wanted to become a writer in order to create heroic characters she came to realize that the prevailing wisdom was not in sync with her notion of a hero. She did not want her heroes to be sacrificial animals who live and die for others.
She had to devise her own philosophy which held that each man or woman has a right to his or her own life.
She dramatized her philosophy in her three novels, We The Living, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. You can access her writings in The Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism:The Unknown Ideal and in The OBjectivist Newsletter.
One reason our society began to fail to follow the Constitution was because of the prevalence of a philosophy which is contrary to a philosophy which is consistent with the rights of individuals. The prevailing ethic was and still is Altruism which holds that individuals should hold other peoples interests and needs above his own. The politicians are all too happy to force the productive workers to pay for the benefits given by government to others.
Ayn Rand identified the fundamental philosophical issues underlying the problems we face and realized that the prevailing ethic would energize voters, lobbyists, politicians, professors, teachers, clergy, parents to indoctrinate children to the idea and moral code which demands that they be willing to help others and enable the government to make it happen through its programs.
If we share the same premises as the Democrats and the traditional Republicans it will matter little that we gain power to implement anything or to dismantle anything. We need a clear vision of a truly free society based on a concept of individual rights properly understood. No one has the right to the productive efforts of another no matter how desperate their needs.
No man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need.
"Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals- that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the