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Individuals and Their Rights Paperback – August 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; 1st edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812690907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812690903
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billy on February 28, 2012
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Tibor Machan is one of Auburn University's all time greatest professors.

Tibor got it absolutely right when he said "individuals." There are no such things as collective rights. Collectivism is Marxist--socialist--communist. It has no place in a free America.

Rights belong to individuals, and ONLY to individuals. They are natural and sacrosanct.

Among those rights are to live, to work, to earn livings, to engage in business, to buy, to sell, to make contracts, to travel, to own and use property, to enjoy one's own lifestyle, to worship or not to worship, to keep and bear arms, to protect oneself, his family and his property--to do anything a person would do for himself. They also include the right to be left alone and be free from "officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."

Government has NO right to interfere with these rights. Mandates, licensure, fees, regulations, prohibitions, penalties, and other impositions are fundamentally wrong.

People do NOT have a right to prey upon other people. Except for legitimate self-defense, no one has a right to do bodily harm to other people or to steal or destroy their property. There are NO rights to force others to provide things. There are no such things as rights to free education, welfare, housing, food, health care, jobs, or anything else that have costs imposed by force (taxes, mandates, etc.) upon others. However, we do have a right to purchase and/or negotiate for these items according to voluntary contracts agreed upon by all persons involved.
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