So far, so good. But what are rights, in a positive sense? What are we aiming for when we promote rights as an end?
It’s not as though the right in and of itself produces an outcome. Having the right to a fair trial doesn’t mean we get one. That’s only partly a question of enforcement. In a way I’m asking what we mean by equality. Even then we should know what we’re looking for in concrete terms, rather than as abstract notions of rights and equalities.
Put another way, I reckon rights are a means to an end, but I am not sure we can describe that end cohesively.