Irony is thy name

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Submitted by John Gillis (United States), Jul 5, 2017 07:56

1. There is a certain irony that an article about American Independence is only running in a non-American venue.

2. While the article is reasonable and accurate about American theological underpinnings, the use of God as a justification for our individual rights has reaped the damage one might expect. Our individual rights arise from our nature as humans, not from some mystical source. Grounding our right to life, liberty, property, etc. in our nature is the right approach, so Kennedy and some of our Founders were wrong, even though the Founders' hearts were in the right place by focusing on our inherent rights as humans. Kennedy, on the other hand, was a fan of violating rights (e.g., see Ayn Rand's "Fascist New Frontier" on Kennedy's rejection of rights), so I would not connect him with the achievements in political philosophy of our Founders.

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The Future of Capitalism replies:

The internet *is* an American venue!

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sine qua non of dignity [79 words]Bob KJul 6, 2017 05:18
⇒ Irony is thy name
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John GillisJul 5, 2017 07:56
Quite true [23 words]John GillisJul 5, 2017 11:51
America's 'God' today ! [245 words]Aidan J. ffrenchJul 4, 2017 15:50

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