Comment: Well, the topic of "collective" rights

(See in situ)

In reply to comment: Any collective (see in situ)

Well, the topic of "collective" rights

made me think back to this:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

Would you consider the words “one people” and “powers of the earth” “equal station” and “entitles them” and “they” as terms referring to a collective?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Specifically the words that I am considering above are: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men...it is the Right of the People"...laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Would you see the words “the Right of the People” and “Men” and “them” as referring collectives?

I am thinking from these two paragraphs that there is a right that belongs to a collective group of people to form governments that derive power from the people and that that collective power is to be used to secure the Natural or God Given rights of the people.

...