The Fundamental Rights of Man
PROLOGUE (by SDA)
The ability to choose is fundamental to existence, and cannot be separated from consequences.
Fundamental rights are those rights that can be simultaneously claimed by all without infringing on another person's rights.
Proposed by Joel M. Skousen
RIGHT TO LIFE
THE RIGHT TO LIFE, from conception to natural death, except as a consequence for a crime against the rights of others.
COROLLARY RIGHTS relating to man's innate life-related ability to think, believe, and reason:
A. The right of FREE THOUGHT and JUDGMENT on the individual worth of ideas, people and things.
B. To BE FREE to BELIEVE according to each person's conscience, without restriction, except when actions based upon that belief would violate the fundamental rights of others.
C. To be FREE to WORSHIP God according to the dictates of conscience.
THE FREEDOM TO ACT WITHOUT EXTERNAL OR PRIOR RESTRAINT when those actions are not in direct and harmful conflict with the rights of others.
A. To be solely RESPONSIBLE for one's own health, life, education and safety.
B. To engage in any ECONOMIC ACTIVITY desired as long as such activity does not involve compulsion upon others or the assistance of an enemy of these fundamental rights.
1. To engage in voluntary CONTRACTS, written or verbal, without restriction or regulation except where direct and harmful non-contractual consequences to others occur;
2. To unrestricted SELECTION and PURCHASE (from a willing seller) of all available goods and services desired,
3. To circulate and negotiate any tangible asset or sworn evidence thereof as money or a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE as long as it is voluntarily accepted by another and fraud and misrepresentation are not present.
4. To PUBLISH any written, photographic, or electronic material, as long as others are not involuntarily exposed to such material on their own or contractual property.
5. The TO STATE ANY OPINION about another person or product without providing proof or evidence as long as such statements are labeled clearly as opinion.
C. To ASSOCIATE with other persons without coercion as long as that association is desired by all parties, does not constitute a direct and harmful threat to another's rights, and where such association is not in violation of the desires of the property owner.
1. Individuals may PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE in groups without criminal or treasonous intent as long as private property rights and free movement on public property are not infringed or impeded.
D. To DISASSOCIATE with other persons without public reason or justification
THE RIGHT TO OWN, DISPOSE OF, AND CONTROL ALL PROPERTY AND ASSETS which are earned by the honest fulfillment of voluntary contracts, received as a gift, inherited, or earned in proportion to the application of one's labor to unowned property.
COROLLARY RIGHTS relating to or restricted to ownership and property rights:
A. TO BE FREE FROM BEING ACTED UPON or involuntarily influenced in a harmful manner, when on one's own or contractual property and not directly and harmfully affecting the rights of others.
B. To exclude all persons not desired from one's own property.
C. To make any WRITTEN OR VERBAL EXPRESSION, on property within one's ownership or control, whether for personal or commercial intent.
D. To act in PRIVACY, within one's own or contractual property, free from search, seizure, regulation and internal surveillance except when acting to infringe upon another's rights.
TO DEFEND one's person, rights, and property against any overt and imminent threat, and to use the minimum, appropriate force required, of the alternatives immediately available at hand, to eliminate such threat, when no immediate recourse is available to assistance or constitutional adjudication.
Families possess total SOVEREIGNTY OVER FAMILY AFFAIRS that do not infringe upon other's rights and that do not constitute an imminent threat to the life of the children therein
Children have the right to demand of their parents, minimum CARE, AND PROTECTION until reaching an ability, or desire to be self-sufficient--as long as the child is not acting in rebellion with the requirements of his parents which do not constitute physical cruelty, or gross negligence
Parents have the right to ultimate RESPONSIBILITY and AUTHORITY for the health, education, and welfare of their dependent children without interference or prior restraint from government, except when proven guilty of gross physical cruelty, or gross negligence, as defined by constitutional law, and where the child does not object to such interference.
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February 3, 2002
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