Quote Of The Day — September 2, 2013

Rights” are a moral concept — the concept that provides a logical transition from the principles guiding an individual’s actions to the principles guiding his relationship with others — the concept that preserves and protects individual morality in a social context — the link between the moral code of a man and the legal code of a society, between ethics and politics. Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.

Ayn Rand


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7 Responses to Quote Of The Day — September 2, 2013

  1. myfoxmystere says:

    I wonder how come the far left wing extremists think that rights are only for them, and not for conservatives and centrists. They seem to equate rights with priviledges.

  2. Clyde says:

    Great quote, GF. Thanks for putting that up.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Good quote. There’s a distinction between God given rights and man-made rights. They are not always exclusive but the left seems to believe that their made-made ones trump the others.

  4. Mrs AL says:

    Maybe someone can explain to my why this concept is so difficult to understand. Oh wait, everyone understands it, there are just pine cones who choose to ignore it. Ok, got it, Grouchy!

  5. CW says:

    I like Ayn Rand but I found this particular quote a bit confusing. I guess that’s not surprising considering that the subject of “rights” is open to a variety of interpretations. Rand talks about “the principles guiding his relationship with others…” and here I see agreement with the founding fathers. The “rights” outlined in the Bill of Rights don’t require anyone to DO anything for anyone else besides leave them alone, essentially. The one exception might be the right to a speedy trial but even that does not make one person a slave to another like so many of the so-called “rights” decreed by the Left for things like healthcare.