a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.

human (or whatever) rights.. has always rubbed me the wrong way.. i think it’s that aspect of entitlement.. red flags adding page this day:

Human rights are not real. They are a social invention, without meaning unless reproduced by that society.

Failure to enact these conventions except when convenient makes clear the one-sidedness of the ‘social contract’, on which nation states claim validity.


Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/dilgreen/status/986975010450534400

__________ often.. people use ie: human rights.. w good intentions.. like to get to the basics in order to help others.. to that i do believe we have two basic needs.. ie: maté basic needs and i believe if we focus on those needs.. via ie: 2 convos .. & gershenfeld sel law.. (in order to get our undisturbed ecosystem back) .. we won’t be worrying about ..or having to fight for.. any rights/entitlements as it could be.. ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way __________ social control __________ like doctorow property lawrights always begins w act of erasure __________ from david graeber‘s debt (book):
in fact, scholars have spent a great deal of time debating whether roman authors actually considered private property to be a right (ius) for the very reason that rights were ultimately based on agreements between people and one’s power to dispose of one’s property was not: it was just on’e natural ability to do whatever one pleased when social impediments were absent
how did this come about? and why? most convincing explanation i’ve seen is orland paterson’s: the notion of absolute private property is really derived from slavery..property as relation between 2 people where one is a thing (this is how slaves were defined in roman law: people who were also a res, a thing)
property as rights over thing once slavery made another person a thing
4116 word dominium meaning absolute private property, was not particularly ancient.. only appears in latin in late republic.. right around time when 100s of 1000s of captive laborers were pouring into italy, and rome as a consequence, was becoming a genuine slave society.. by 50 bc, roman writers had come to simply assume that workers.. were someone else’s property.. the existence of millions of creatures who were simultaneously persons and things created endless legal problems, and much of the creative genius of roman law was spent in working out the endless ramifications
huge.. property.. slavery.. dehumanizaion .. rights.. all red flags we’re doing it/life wrong
4243 this is a tradition that assumes that liberty is essentially the right to do what one likes w one’s own property. in fact, not only does it make property a right, it treats rights themselves as a form of property.. in a way, this is the greatest paradox of all.. we are so used to the idea of ‘having’ rights – that rights are something one can possess – that we rarely think about what this might actually mean.. in fact (as medieval jurists were well aware) one man’s right is simply another’s obligation..
historically, there is a simple – if somewhat disturbing – answer to this.. those who have argued that we are the natural owners of our rights and liberties have been manly interested in asserting that we should be free to give them away, or even to sell them.. modern ides of rights/liberties are derived from what came to be known as ‘natural rights theory’ from the time when jean gerson 4256 it followed that there could be nothing intrinsically wrong with say, debt peonage, or even slavery. and this is exactly what natural rights theorist came to assert
yeah.. rights ness .. big red flag
abuses will exist in any system.. the important thing was that there was nothing inherently unnatural or illegit about the idea that freedom could be sold.. before long.. similar arguments came to be employed to justify the absolute power of the state.. thomas hobbes was first to really develop this in 17th cent.. but it soon became commonplace.. govt was essentially a contract, a kind of business arrangement, whereby citizens had voluntarily give up ;some of their natural liberties to the sovereign.. finally, similar ideas have become the basis of that most basic, dominant institution of our present econ life: wage labor, which is, effectively the renting of our freedom in the same way that slavery can be conceived as its sale
___________ __________ ___________ the world (pjm) is screaming out earning ness’s intent/cancerous-result of perpetuating a culture of entitlement/rights (aka: assumption of lesser humans) habit\us ness __________