July 30, 2020

GLOBALIZATION IS ANGLOFICATION:

'Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness' -- These Words Set America on Path to Progress (Tod Lindberg, 7/24/20, USA Today)

The Founders did not finish the job of political equality with the Declaration and the Constitution, nor did Lincoln with the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation, nor did Susan B. Anthony when she illegally cast a ballot in the 1872 presidential election, nor the Supreme Court in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education by reversing its previous holding and declaring that the "separate but equal" justification for segregation was not equality.

But the Founders did start the project of political equality by risking their necks on independence in the name of those five words. And the others mentioned here, and many more, continued the project against resistance, by relying on a history tracing back continuously and directly to "all men are created equal" as they demanded justice.

This is a story the Commission on Unalienable Rights tells with clarity and erudition. Likewise compelling is its account of the resonance of the principles of the American founding in the United Nation's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the little-remembered context in which other countries drew on their own national traditions in pursuit of the universal rights they delineated in UDHR.

The American story is woefully incomplete without an account of the injustice perpetrated here and the suffering it has caused. But it is also woefully incomplete in the absence of an account of how ideas about unalienable rights articulated at the time of the founding became an engine driving the pursuit of justice here and throughout the world.

The current notion that human rights were co-opted by neoliberalism is genuinely bizarre given that both are just classical liberalism for folks who don't identify as liberals.

Posted by at July 30, 2020 8:19 AM

  

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