Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Quote of the Day: On ‘needs’ v rights

 

 

“All forms of collectivism in the 20th century rejected the classical liberal notion of rights and all asserted in their own way that need is a claim. For the communists, the needs of the class (proletariat) were a claim against every individual. For the Nazis, the needs of the race were a claim. For fascists (Italian-style) and for architects of the welfare state, the needs of society as a whole were a claim. Since in all these systems the state is the personification of the class, the race, society as a whole, etc., all these ideologies imply that, to one degree or another, individuals have an obligation to live for the state.”
~ John C. Goodman, from his essay ‘Classical Liberalism vs. Modern Liberalism and Modern Conservatism

 

[Hat tip Joseph Bednarz]

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