What Are Rights?

Individuals have rights. But are they natural? And how do they compare and contrast with legal or constitutional rights? Are legal or constitutional rights similar to those inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? Professor Aeon Skoble distinguishes such constitutional rights, such as the right to vote, from the rights protected by governments and constitutions—natural rights not actually granted by governments themselves. He concludes that legal systems should create rights that are compatable with natural rights.


  1. [email protected]

    This short series should be compiled into a single video and then expanded in order to make it easier to promote.

  2. GreedyCapitalistPig

    But you didn’t list any natural rights! I was hoping for some enlightenment =/

  3. Mark James

    Truly engaging but is a little too comprehensive, a little more elaboration would be good. I guess it’s hard compacting everything within a 4 minute video.

  4. Grady Flanagan

    ONe of the issues is that government thinks it is their mandate to continue to write laws that grant rights instead of jsut letting nature take its course

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