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Author: Kerry Baldwin

Introduction to Human Rights What are rights and how are they derived?

Introduction to Human Rights The issue of human rights is important. In fact, when checking google trends on this and some related terms, the topic of human rights was markedly higher to related topics like women’s rights or civil rights. Human rights are basic – they’re foundational; yet they are the most often violated around the world. They’re also the most misunderstood in terms of their origin and our authority to exercise them. Moreover, if we don’t understand human rights, how can we possibly understand what women’s rights, civil rights, or religious rights entail? Generally speaking, we operate on...

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Five Forgotten Champions of the Total State Originally published by Jeffrey Tucker at FEE.org

Five Forgotten Champions of the Total State Most people are aware of the influence of Karl Marx and his ideological compatriots in building 20th-century totalitarianism. But there is another tradition of thought, dating from the early 19th century and continuing through the interwar period, that took a different route in coming to roughly the same conclusions regarding the place of the state in our lives. As opposed to Marx’s “left-Hegelians,” these thinkers are part of the “right-Hegelian” movement who dispensed with the universalism of Marx to applaud nation, race, and war as the essence of life. These thinkers loathed...

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What Will It Take To Actually End Abortion? (1 of 3)

How the pro-life movement is unwittingly aborting our pro-life era.

What Will It Take To Actually End Abortion? (1 of 3) How the pro-life movement is unwittingly aborting our pro-life era.

What will it take to actually end abortion? The abortion debate is a messy one; unlike other social issues, there is dispute over who the victim is. Abortion is a polarizing issue and once we reach polarization, there’s not much progress that can be made. It’s too easy to get lost in the weeds of polemics, bad arguments, irrational outbursts, knee-jerk reactions, self-righteous piety, and so on. There is no easy way to talk about this issue, so regardless of how I present this, someone is going to bite back. Let me preface what I’m about to say, by stating emphatically that I am staunchly pro-life, and I base that view on medical science, bioethics, and the Non-Aggression Principle (which affirm my theological view). However, I’ve been disenchanted (and even cynical at times) by some tactics taken up by the pro-life movement. My reasons for this disenchantment will become clearer as we go along, but it bears saying at the outset that I neither support nor defend the legality of abortion. This is a topic that I used to be very vocal about, but I’ve left untouched for several years because each side seems, at least, more interested in winning the debate, than either saving lives or empowering women. In fact, I think this has been observed by most people who explain their stance on abortion by beginning with the phrase, “I’m pro-life,...

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