I always find it amusing whenever a discussion about natural rights pops up because the typically libertarian adherents have to resort to quasi-religious means to have any hope whatsoever in justifying the concept. Recently, yet another of these fun topics reared its ugly head and, like clockwork, the libertarians leapt into the fray, declaring, without evidence, that there are all kinds of universal rights that magically exist, even if they were totally incapable of proving any of it.
One guy, in fact, became the poster boy for libertarian natural rights stupidity when, not only could he not justify it in any way, he started getting mad. Really mad. But along the way, he hit the smorgasbord of theistic irrational responses, the things that we pretty much expect to see coming from the apologists because they really have nothing intelligent to say.
Some of those included:
- Declaring that everyone knows natural rights are real and anyone who says otherwise is just lying! Clearly, natural rights are “self-evident” and anyone who doesn’t accept that is an idiot and a liar.
- Throwing the argument from authority into the mix, saying that the Founding Fathers believed in natural rights so clearly, they’re true.
- When that didn’t work, he went for full-tilt insults, calling people stupid for disagreeing with him, then “excusing” himself from the conversation because he had better things to do than talk to idiots. Of course, he never really excused himself, he kept coming back again and again to repeat the same nonsense that had come before.
How often have we seen these things from the religious? This guy was running with their playbook, whether he knows it or not. And like the religious, his tactics aren’t impressing anyone. pretty much everyone else in the discussion is pointing out the same inherent flaws that I am and he’s getting madder and madder as time goes on. I’m waiting to see how long it takes for a blood vessel in his forehead to pop.
But that’s really the thing, even if you aren’t given to fits of rage and utter religious irrationality, libertarians and other “natural rights” advocates still have no good reason to believe that they’re actually true or meaningful. It’s a blind faith in something they wish was true, yet cannot demonstrate is true. This puts it in the same religious setting as a Christian declaring moral laws. It came from an unquestionable authority! You have to accept it! It’s magically and automatically true! Except in this case, that authority isn’t a god, it’s the deified demi-gods, the Founding Fathers. Here’s a news flash for you, just because the Founding Fathers said something doesn’t make it true. Just because the patron philosophical saints, Locke, Hobbes and Paine said something, that doesn’t make it true. Just because you want to believe something, that doesn’t make it so either! The only thing that makes a proposition true is being able to logically, rationally and objectively argue its merits and produce evidence to support your claims.
And libertarians can’t do that, any more than the religious can. Intelligent, rational people would accept that their beliefs are unjustifiable and find a better path. So what’s wrong with the libertarians?