The Bill of Rights, reinforced by several important later amendments to our Constitution, is expected to protect us as individuals from whims and abuses of government.
As our culture has placed increasing importance on the importance of the individual, it may be time to consider further reinforcing our rights. Many of the affirmative protections in the original Bill of Rights are largely procedural in nature. It would be well to list and review our fundamental rights with a conceptual, bottom-up review. These rights will include psychological rights to express to others who we are as individuals, and social rights to basic fairness for all people.
How do we reinforce individual rights and, simultaneously, maintain stability, security and social justice in our society? With many issues, the free market provides a much more dependable means of regulation than can government. But it is clear that there are some areas where law is essential in order to maintain real freedom.
We've become used to using representative democracy to make things fairer and safer. But when government enforces moral assessments, it imposes upon individual choice and self-identification. Government can keep you from protecting your family and property; it can jawbone your choice of friends, partner or spouse; it can hinder your speech; it can limit how you spend or gamble your own resources; it can tell you whom you may hire; if you are male, it can even force you to give up your life in war. True, oppression and unfairness are real, and the world is dangerous. Macro-morality matters. Where should we draw the line on government?
I think we should propose a list of natural rights and keep them for ourselves.
·The essential natural rights are presented as the following:
· The Right to Life
· The Right to be Free from Involuntary Servitude
· The Right to be Left Alone
· The Right to Free Speech
· The Right to Property and to Control its Use
· The Right to Believe or Not to Believe
· The Right to Parent
· The Right to Vote