Examination of the Core United Nations Treaties
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
When you read these three core treaties it’s best to be open to examination and to acquire a sort of nuanced understanding. For instance in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights please read the 4 passages below:
Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.
Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Now, imagine you contracted with a home owner named Adam to paint his fence for $1000.00. Then, half way through painting the fence you decided you weren’t going to paint anymore. When Adam complains that you didn’t finish painting his fence you then proclaim “I’m free, I’m not your slave, I don’t have to paint your fence.” You are indeed free, you are free to contract with Adam, you have the same equal dignity and rights as the home owner and yet you still have an obligation to paint Adam’s fence.
In regards to being a Citizen, there is not always an expressed contract but there is an implied contract or a Trust of sorts. There can be grey areas with regards to the difference between benefit and necessity, but the short story is that by accepting benefits from a Nation you in essence become a Citizen. Obligations arise from Benefits. When you are an employee of a Company that is licensed or registered with a particular state or province, you are in essence accepting the benefits of Employment including an entire spectrum of protections.
You can say that to merely exist in many societies you need a Bank Account and a Drivers License and that this necessity requires an officially ‘recognized’ identification (in this case a Drivers License), otherwise you will be consistently obstructed from participating in society and therefore the Drivers License is a necessity, not a benefit. While this is likely true in some cases there are many cases where this is not true, retirement, social security, welfare, etc. There are some very obvious cases where you are accepting benefits and therefore you are in a Trust relationship, which has reciprocal obligations.
The first two Nations I joined as a full member created their own identifications, Drivers Licenses and Passports, but neither was formally in the global database. As an exercise, I tried using these identifications on multiple occasions, from attempting to use the IDs to open a bank accounts, to using them to check into hotels, more often than not without success. A friend and fellow member used the Passport to travel but was once flagged by the TSA and ended up having two interviews with the FBI, although no action was taken. Another friend of mine uses his drivers license and has been pulled over on multiple occasions. The Police are usually confused how to act, but nothing really negative except extended delay ever occurred. So, one can say that Identifications are a necessity while employment is a benefit.
Please finish reading the entirety of the the United Nations Core Treaties with this perspective in mind.