Comment: Read Ayn Rand's Objective Ethics

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Read Ayn Rand's Objective Ethics

The basis of rights is that certain conditions are 'right' for human life. For example, if someone is deprived of their liberty, they will either naturally agitate to gain some of it back, or else whither spiritually, emotionally, and even physically.

Rights are significant when people defend them. You have to understand them to systematically defend them and support/establish political orders that recognize them. And you have to have a base of power - i.e.: the people have to possess power. This is what 1776 was all about.

That's all there is to it. You can have anarchy, or moral anarchy (tyranny where lucky/strong coerce others), but when a people are moral, educated, and spiritually firm, they will defend their rights regardless of who's in charge.