Objectivist Round Up #252
Let’s start with a quote from Rand on the nature of Rights:
There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action; the right to life means the right to engage in self-sustaining and self-generated action—which means: the freedom to take all the actions required by the nature of a rational being for the support, the furtherance, the fulfillment and the enjoyment of his own life. (Such is the meaning of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)
The concept of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.
Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.
And now, the Carnival:
Jenn Casey presents An Announcement about the Objectivist Round Up posted at Rational Jenn saying “The Objectivist Round Up will wrap up on July 19, 2012 after five straight years of nearly weekly editions. It’s been a fun activism project and I have enjoyed running the carnival for most of its life. Please contact me if you are interested in hosting during these last few weeks.”
Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh Forbes OpEd: Who Should Control Your Healthcare Spending? posted at We Stand Firm, saying, “My first OpEd at Forbes asks: ‘What simple health care reform has reduced medical costs by up to 30%, while preserving quality of care?’”
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