Take, for example, the proposition, "Every American has a right to decent housing." If all that is really being said is that some (or all) of us would prefer to see all Americans living in housing that meets or exceeds whatever standard we may have for "decent housing," then there is no need for the word "rights," which conveys no additional information and which can be confused with legal authorizations or moral arguments, neither of which is present. Moreover, if we are candid enought to say that such "rights" merely boil down to what we would like to see, then there is no need to restrict the statement to Americans or to housing that is merely "decent." Surely we would all be happier to see every human being on the planet living in palatial housing - a desire which has no fewer (and no more) arguments behind it than the "right" to "decent" housing.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Sunday, July 17, 2005