I’m amazed at some of the things great scholars have deemed to be natural rights.   Here’s a little tip from my upcoming book, The Five Forgotten Truths:

Natural rights, by definition, cannot be provided by civilization.

Property that can be stored or hoarded instead of used is not natural.  The type of privacy that only can be afforded within the context of large, anonymous groups is not natural.  Security dependent on a paternal source is not natural.  Natural rights, by definition, are rights that we possess independently of civilization.  In my upcoming book I cite these as skepticism, curiosity, adaptability and free will.  Civilization does not provide these rights, though civilization can and does take them away.

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