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Monday, August 22, 2011

Is There An Inalienable Right To Self-Defense?

Gunwalker and the Foundation of Liberty: The lives of the individuals harmed by Gunwalker mean nothing to statists.
August 21, 2011 - 12:00 am - by Mike McDaniel


It all comes down to this: Is there an inalienable right to self-defense? If there is, each man has indisputable, inestimable value, value that he may rightly preserve even if the life of another man is forfeit. A man may kill another in lawful self-defense even if the policy preferences of the state would prefer his death. If a right to self-defense actually exists, it is in a very real sense the highest law of the land and all lesser laws must pay it deference. It fundamentally defines the social contract, the nature of the relationship between man and the state.

But if there is no such inalienable right, the entire nature of the social contract is changed. Each man’s worth is measured solely by his utility to the state, and as such the value of his life rides a roller coaster not unlike the stock market: dependent not only upon the preferences of the party in power but upon the whims of its political leaders and the permanent bureaucratic class. The proof of this analysis surrounds us.

Irony abounds in that England, the cradle of the common law and of our doctrine of self-defense, has utterly done away with even a government-condescended privilege to self-preservation. Not only have the English allowed themselves to be virtually stripped of firearms, British politicians have made attempts with varying degrees of success to ban knives. Attempting to protect the self or others from brutal criminal attack can and will lead to lengthy jail sentences in jolly old England — for the victims. Attacking criminals often go free, and often successfully sue their victims for daring to harm them in the process of depriving them of property or their very lives.

In the recent riots in Britain, we see America not far into the future if the progressive worldview is much further advanced. Contemporary England is a nation that spends a great deal of time and energy ostensibly caring for “the people,” yet cares not a whit for the life of any individual, particularly when that life is threatened or taken by a member of a favored political class or victim group, criminals included. This attitude and practice is a foundation of socialism.

Continued at - Gunwalker and the Foundation of Liberty: The lives of the individuals harmed by Gunwalker mean nothing to statists.
August 21, 2011 - 12:00 am - by Mike McDaniel

3 comments:

LordSomber said...

Not only is it an inalienable right, it's Natural Law.

Col. B. Bunny said...

In Denmark in Medieval times you could apparently call someone out and force them into judicial combat. A criminal faced the real possibility of face-to-face combat with someone who was personally committed to his injury or death.

The state's taking over the machinery of prevention and retribution was perhaps even a trade up if the sheriff and courts had the same concept of justice and enforced native or non-foreign laws.

For a lot of reasons, that's a far cry from our present situation. The British police are poster boys for siding with foreigners against their own and the recent riots showed that they would not and could not perform their most basic function. Yet even then, they showed more hostility to so-called vigilantes than the rioters. White vigilantes, that is.

I have written some about the Chinese concept of the emperor losing the mandate of heaven wqhen enough of his subjects spontaneously decided that he'd lost the mandate. Nothing to do with editorials or books. Just everyone deciding that things weren't quite right for a zillion rational or irrational reasons.

The Chinese and modern governments could and can mete out severe punishments but I think we are reaching the end of a long period of Western governmental legitimacy and punishment will deter nothing. The injustice of forcing ordinary citizens to endure the indignities of the current justice system will not continue forever.

Conan the Cimmerian, King of Aquilonia said...

The injustice of forcing ordinary citizens to endure the indignities of the current justice system will not continue forever.

May it be so.