Thursday, January 22, 2009

More On Rights And Wrongs

Comment Is Free is frothing with talk of civil liberties. However failing to make the distinction between liberties and rights, Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty says...

Like all bills of rights, the Human Rights Act is neither magic wand nor computer program. It does not end vital debates about competing rights and freedoms.

Well, how very surprising! If there is a situation where two or more rights or freedoms are in conflict then they are clearly not all liberties, and clearly not well thought out. It again brings us back to my continual frustration of the lazy fusion of rights and liberties, and casual use of the terms interchangeably.


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