Universal Rights

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://buff.ly/1KUHMp2

An ideal society will have universal human rights at its center and democracy as its polity. We can do it.

There is no policy more central to an ideal world than human rights. To achieve this great end, however, one thing must take place that is still hardly a settled matter.

We must move past the binary logic of pacifist and non-pacifist.

We must move toward a triadic position that recognizes there are times when force must be applied to prevent harm.

But.

Yes, it’s a big but.

We must say at the same time that the greatest barrier to advancing human rights is the present assent that we give to nations and their instruments of war.

We must remove the emperor’s clothing and say once and for all that no entity, whether person or nation, has the right to kill. No nation has the right to take life.

There must be a limited and civilian controlled force in the world that can act to police in situations where violence is being intended or enacted.

This force can retain the trappings of nationalities. But such a force must be so clearly an exception that it becomes rarely used because the world has changed.

In other words we, and that includes human rights organizations, must move past the self-serving binary distinction between violence and nonviolence and take a pragmaticist view (pragmatism + values) that establishes a clear limit. We must ensure that the present untenable pattern of armament and old-style politics will cease. The alternative is certain global suicide.

Universal Rights must be the policy at the center of our ideal world and its salient feature must be this move toward universal non-violence with the necessary caveat that I have suggested.

Further reading: The Revolution of Silence eBook: Stephen C. Rose: Kindle Store http://buff.ly/1IHNcVK