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Thomas Paine re-affirms the illigitimacy of the UN Articles of Human Rights!

Posted in Law, Political History, Politics by earthling on November 1, 2011

Having written the blog entitled “U.N. inadvertently confirms Freeman concept” u-n-inadvertently-confirms-freeman-concept  a week or so back, I must admit that I had no idea that such an ideology expressed within that blog would be further supported by such a figure as Thomas Paine. I have also, here, to admit my own ignorance in much of historical and political writings up until a few short years ago. Life, career and family tends to keep one busy and the last thing I was interested in, like so many still today, was politics and the finer details of Human Rights and other legal acts.

So, I am immensely surprised and delighted in stumbling over this book today by Thomas Paine because I couldn’t have asked for a better affirmation of what was written in the above blog.

The “Rights of Man” was written by Paine in 1791 and posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard its people, their natural rights, and their national interests. Using these points as a base it defends the French Revolution against Edmund Burke’s attack in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

The publication of Rights of Man caused a furor in England; Thomas Paine was tried in absentia, and convicted for seditious libel against the Crown, but was unavailable for hanging, having departed England for France.

Principally, Rights of Man opposes the idea of hereditary government — the belief that dictatorial government is necessary, because of man’s corrupt, essential nature. In Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) Edmund Burke says that true social stability arises if the nation’s poor majority are governed by a minority of wealthy aristocrats, and that lawful inheritance of power (wealth, religious, governing) ensured the propriety of political power being the exclusive domain of the nation’s élite social class — the nobility.

Rights of Man denounces Burke’s assertion of the nobility’s inherent hereditary wisdom; countering the implication that a nation has not a right to form a Government for governing itself. Paine refutes Burke’s definition of Government as “a contrivance of human wisdom”. Instead, Paine argues that Government is a contrivance of man, and it follows that hereditary succession and hereditary rights to govern cannot compose a Government — because the wisdom to govern cannot be inherited.

The arguments put forward in the “Rights of Man” are:

Human rights originate in Nature, thus, rights cannot be granted via political charter, because that implies that rights are legally revocable, hence, would be privileges:

It is a perversion of terms to say that a charter gives rights. It operates by a contrary effect — that of taking rights away. Rights are inherently in all the inhabitants; but charters, by annulling those rights, in the majority, leave the right, by exclusion, in the hands of a few… They… consequently are instruments of injustice.

The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.

Government’s sole purpose is safeguarding the family and his/her inherent, inalienable rights; each societal institution that does not benefit the nation is illegitimate — especially the Monarchy, the Nobility, and the Military.

In essence then, Paine is stating (as expressed in bold type above) precisely what the blog regarding the UN’s Human Rights Charter based upon the deception of “LEGAL rights” is saying.

Isn’t it then interesting to note the British monarchy and nobility’s reaction to such simple, straightforward expression of man’s inherent rights and freedoms? Even today we see they do not wish you to simply have them but that THEY must bestow them upon you. Privileges therefore and not Rights. People MUST wake up and smell the coffee!

Thank you Mr Paine!

“Rights of Man”: index.htm

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  1. rehmat1 said, on November 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Human rights in United Nations are mainly reserved for the Jewish elites and their Christian poodles. That’s not much different when it comes to the US, Canada and EU.

    Last year Hillary Clinton in the company of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (with a Jewish wife and worked for Henry Kissinger) announced new sanctions against the Islamic Republic for the country’s violation of human rights especially during and after the June 2009 election which gave a huge victory to anti-Zionist regime Dr. Ahmadinejad. How stupid and laughable these sanctions sounds – well, they’re against Iranian officials mainly top officers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari – baring them from the US and keeping foreign accounts in the US. Now why the heck an Iranian would worry about these sanctions unless he/she is involved in black market?

    The Israel’s biggest mole in the Senate, Joe Lieberman, in a speech at the powerful Jewish think tank, Council on Foreign affairs (CFR) on Wednesday, praised Hillary’s new idiotic sanctions and Ben Obama’s so-called success in blackmailing other countries in the Middle East including Russia (for not delivering S-300 missiles to Tehran) for putting their own sanctions. Interestingly, Joe Israel forgot that Iranian trade with China, Turkey, Brazil and India is booming irrespective of the UNSC sanctions.

    Joe Lieberman called for “stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability” as “the single most important test of American power in the Middle East today”. The sentiments were echoed earlier by another ‘Israel-Firster’, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham….

  2. sovereigntea said, on November 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Another Thomas Paine work worth a read is “The age of reason”

    Here are some off topic links which may be of interest

    NEW BOMBS AND WAR CRIMES IN FALLUJAH this covers a lot of ground and offers a credible hypothesis on what pulverised the twins on 911.

    by Jim Fetzer, Leuren Moret, and Christopher Busby

    Middle East
    There is a historical “eight hundred pound gorilla” lurking in the background of almost every serious military and diplomatic incident involving Israel, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Greece, Armenia, the Kurds, the Assyrians, and some other players in the Middle East and southeastern Europe…And it is the secretiveness attached to the subject that has been the reason for so much misunderstanding about the current breakdown in relations between Israel and Turkey, a growing warming of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and increasing enmity between Saudi Arabia and Iran…
    The thesis that the British and U.S. governments drove out the Shah and replaced him with Khomeini destroys the clash of civilizations myth that has dominated the global conversation between Islam and the West for over a generation.
    How Did The Sikh Flag Emblem End Up On The Iranian Flag?

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