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7 Human Rights and Its Destruction of Right and Wrong

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According to the author, a culture of duty-less rights has arisen against a general cultural background of freedom. This desirability of freedom from authoritarianism has been translated into a freedom from absolutely all authority that might constrain the liberty of the individual. The author believes our human rights culture has produced a licence for irresponsibility. As everyone has equal entitlements, we have effectively destroyed discrimination between right and wrong. The anti-discrimination provisions of human rights culture rest on the premise that no moral distinctions or judgements can be made that draw distinctions between people. Human rights have destroyed the sanctity of life, because the right to die becomes effectively the right to kill, and especially because, in certain circumstances where people are no longer rational, they are presumed not to have any right to life because they are no longer rational beings.

Keywords: anti-discrimination provisions; destruction; human rights

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