Except in the areas of civil rights and medical marijuana, the legacy of the sixties counterculture has been largely superficial. Still, though the light has dimmed and gone underground, something in me would like to think the sixties phenomenon was a dress rehearsal for a grander, wider leap in consciousness yet to come.
Most governments have been based, practically, on the denial of equal rights of menours began, by affirming those rights. They said, some men are too ignorant, and vicious, to share in government. Possibly so, said we; and, by your system, you would always keep them ignorant, and vicious. We proposed to give all a chance; and we expected the weak to grow stronger, the ignorant wiser; and all better, and happier together.
England shouldn't have the real freedom of vote and we shouldn't either. Because as [james madison] put it, one of the primary goals of government was to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority, to make sure the opulent maintain their rights. The constitutional system was structured to ensure that outcome.
[james] madison pointed out in the discussion of the constitutional debates - the constitutional convention - that democracy would be a danger. He used england of course as the model and said suppose that in england everyone had the free right to vote; the poor, the propertyless - who are the great majority - would use their voting power to take away the rights of property owners to carry out what we would call land reform.
Can one generation bind another, and all others, in succession forever? i think not. the creator has made the earth for the living, not the dead. rights and powers can only belong to persons, not to things, not to mere matter endowed with will...nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
Your sect [the jews] by its sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal point of religious insolence, inherent in every sect, disclaimed by all while feeble and practised by all when in power. our laws have applied the only antidote to this vice, protecting our religions, as they do our civil rights, by putting all on equal footing. but more remains to be done.
May the time not be far off when all other european nations will come to the realisation that the primary necessity is putting an end to the quarrels and strife of centuries and of building up of a finer community of all peoples is: the recognition of a higher common duty arising out of common rights?
To instruct the mass of our citizens in these, their rights, interests and duties, as men and citizens...this brings us to the point at which are to commence the higher branches of education . . . . to develop the reasoning faculties of our youth, enlarge their minds, cultivate their morals, and instill into them the precepts of virtue and order.
Whom do i hate most among the rabble of today? the socialist rabble, the chandala apostles, who undermine the instinct, the pleasure, the worker's sense of satisfaction with his small existence-who make him envious, who teach him revenge. the source of wrong is never unequal rights but the claim of "equal" rights.
Realising the healthy international relations can be created only among populations made up of individuals who themselves are healthy and enjoy a measure a independence, the united nations elaborated a universal declaration of human rights, which was adopted by the u.N. General assembly on december 10, 1948.