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Herbert Spencer on the right of political and economic “dissenters” to have their different beliefs and practices respected by the state (1842) Herbert Spencer 2018-12-17
Gershom Carmichael on the idea that civil power is founded on the consent of those against whom it is exercised (1724) Gershom Carmichael 2018-10-22
Thomas Jefferson on whether the American Constitution is binding on those who were not born at the time it was signed and agreed to (1789) Thomas Jefferson 2018-09-17
Epictetus on one’s inner freedom that is immune to external coercion (c. 100 CE) Epictetus 2018-09-03
Francis Hutcheson on the difference between “perfect” and “imperfect” rights (1725) Francis Hutcheson 2018-08-27
Benjamin Constant on the difference between rights and utility (1815) Benjamin Constant 2018-08-13
Jeremy Bentham on rights as a creation of the state alone (1831) Jeremy Bentham 2018-05-21
Diderot argues that the laws must be based upon natural rights and be made for all and not for one (1755) Denis Diderot 2017-09-16
The State of California issued its own Bill of Rights in 1849 with a strong defence of property rights (1849) Francis Newton Thorpe 2015-03-30
John Locke on the rights to life, liberty, and property of ourselves and others (1689) John Locke 2014-08-29
James Wilson asks if man exists for the sake of government, or is government instituted for the sake of man? (1791) James Wilson 2014-08-04
John Lilburne on one’s duty to respect “the Right, Due, and Propriety of all the Sons of Adam, as men” (1646) John Lilburne 2013-11-25
Heineccius argues that no man should be deprived of anything which he has received by nature, or has justly acquired (1738) Johann Gottlieb Heineccius 2013-08-12
John Locke on “perfect freedom” in the state of nature (1689) John Locke 2011-07-26
Richard Overton shoots An Arrow against all Tyrants from the prison of Newgate into the prerogative bowels of the arbitrary House of Lords and all other usurpers and tyrants whatsoever (1646): Richard Overton 2009-08-13
Sir William Blackstone differentiates between “absolute rights” of individuals (natural rights which exist prior to the state) and social rights (contractural rights which evolve later) (1753) Sir William Blackstone 2009-05-05
Herbert Spencer concludes from his principle of equal freedom that individuals have the Right to Ignore the State (1851) Herbert Spencer 2007-02-17

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