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Human Rights Make For Government Wrongs

by | 10th, August 2007

THE Devil’s Kitchen loosk at Guido and says he is wrong on matters of human rights:

It is rare that I disagree with Guido; I don’t necessarily find a great deal of interest in his Westminster gossip, but his professed arch-libertarianism does agree with me. However, I have found an article that I entirely disagree with.

“British governments should protest violations of human rights wherever they occur.”

Whilst I do not dispute the fact that we, the British, are the finest race on Earth and more than capable of showing everyone else how they could treat their citizens (or, rather, this was the case until a decade ago), it is not the government’s place to “protest violations of human rights wherever they occur.”

Why not?

There are a couple of strands to the argument, but they come back to libertarian thought. Under this philosophy, the initiation of force against a party—whether by government or private agents—is strictly prohibited. So we could not actually force any foreign government to enforce human rights.

And this makes any protestations about the treatment of any government’s citizens

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