20 April 2010

In Europe, words mean whatever you want them to

Well, at least "rights" means whatever the eurocrats want it to.
Coyote Blog | Warren Meyer | “Rights”: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

I wish I had the book in front of me, but in one of the collections of Ayn Rand’s essays (either the Virtue of Selfishness or Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal) she quoted a bit of the 1968 Democratic Party platform, which called for all kinds of fake rights, the most hilarious being the right to vacation or leisure.

Well it turns out that absurd corruptions of the concept of individual liberty are never unthinkable, just ahead of their time:
Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer…

“Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” [European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry Antonio Tajani], said…

Tajani’s programme will be piloted until 2013 and then put into full operation… it is expected the EU will subsidise about 30% of the cost.
Jesus wept.

The world does not owe you a living OR A VACATION.


I think this is the point at which I and every other believer in negative rights (i.e. actual rights, and not largess bestowed by the state) just hang our heads and weep silently into our whisky.

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