Human rights is an invention of loudmouthed journalists, political theorists looking for trips to the UN, and celebrities who are pushing pet causes.
Times change, and so does the catalogue of human rights designed to justify the prevalent political and cultural attitudes.
It is impossible to separate the idea of human rights from the political agendas of those wielding this rhetorical weapon.
Simone Weil let herself die just before the establishment of the UN and its insidious “rights” obsession.
A shame, because she intuited the problems at the core of the “rights” mentality (that link is a must read, but costs $12; the opening paragraphs will make regular 5FF readers grin…) and called for a focus on “responsibilities”/“obligations” instead.
Luckily for me, I read her critique before I moved from left to right, so I’ve “always” understood this and been constantly frustrated — as I always am when other people clearly haven’t read the same books I have and are therefore obviously retarded, dammit.
And Weil was “crazy,” so, hey, whatever…