Political power comes from the barrel of a gun. Our constitution gives government powers we the people have because we have guns. Rights are the things that restrain our forceful interactions with others and are things we cannot give to government. Neither can government ask for those things without inviting war. Rights are common beliefs about how force can morally be used. They are a matter of conscience that we use to guide us in knowing what is self defense. For some matters of conscience are god given. A slave believes his master gives him rights. An armed man knows he has rights, can protect them and if he is prosocial, chooses to give some of his power to a government.
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