Mark Steyn: The All-U-Can-Eat Toxic "Human Rights" Salad


The All-U-Can-Eat “Human Rights” Salad Bar Is One Mighty Toxic Melange

Mark Steyn, who filed this one from Down Under, says that “human rights”–the fake ones granted by increasingly statist governments–will be the death of us:

The transformation of “human rights” from restraints upon state power into a pretext for state power is nicely encapsulated in the language of Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which states that everyone has the right “to receive free compulsory education.” Got that? You have the human right to be forced to do something by the government.

Commissar [Kathleen] Sebelius isn’t the only one interested in “striking the appropriate balance” between individual liberty and state compulsion. Everyone talks like that these days. For Canada’s Chief Censor, Jennifer Lynch, freedom of expression is just one menu item in the great all-you-can-eat salad bar of rights, so don’t be surprised if we’re occasionally out of stock. Instead, why not try one of our tasty nutritious rights du jour? Like the human right to a transsexual labiaplasty, or the human right of McDonald’s employees not to have to wash their hands after visiting the bathroom.

Commissar Lynch puts it this way:
“The modern conception of rights is that of a matrix with different rights and freedoms mutually reinforcing each other to build a strong and durable human rights system.”

That would be a matrix as in some sort of intricate biological sequencing very few people can understand? Or a Matrix as in the illusory world created to maintain a supine citizenry by all-controlling government officials? The point is, with so many pseudo-“rights” bouncing around, you need a bigger and bigger state: Individual rights are less important than a “rights system” – i.e., a government bureaucracy.

This perversion of rights is killing the Western world…

Can’t wait for the Matrix display in our “human rights” museum. Also–I hear its cafeteria will have a killer salad bar.

Update: Guess what? “Human rights” is also the battering ram being used by Palestinian NGOs–real astroturf outfits–to smash the Jewish state.

4 thoughts on “Mark Steyn: The All-U-Can-Eat Toxic "Human Rights" Salad”

  1. The thing about this most worrying to me is the increasing tide of de facto, corporatism “legislation” made up by bureaucrats sitting at desks, scratching their asses and picking their noses, dreaming up new rules for us with no notice, no debate, no questioning, no reasoning, no accountability, no nothing (yeah, I know that last thing is a double negative). Suddenly one day, there’s a new “law” we all have to follow or some new way we must think or speak or write (or not) and we don’t know where it came from, who or what instituted it, what purpose it is for, etc., we just are told we have to follow it and that’s that. And, generally, we can’t even find out where it started without an enormous amount of research and most of the time not even then. This happens a lot with HUD, FNMA, FHLMC, etc., here in the US. Some dipsh*t functionary sitting in a cubicle dreams up a new rule and suddenly it carries the effect of law. Nothing can be done about it, no feedback is accepted, no debate is tolerated, no comment is tolerated. It’s just the old “we’re gonna cram it down your throat and you’re gonna like it or else”. If one does question it then it’s typically explained that “well it’s not really a law, but you have to follow it” or they lie and say it is a law when it isn’t. I guess most of you who work in the corporate world get doses of this on a regular basis. And, BTW, starting today, let’s reinvent ourselves, nobody gives me rights, I take them. Screw the Eurozone and its minions. They’re going to end up being the biggest welfare/socialist state on the planet.

  2. I make no apology for posting a copy of this response to an article on discrimination in the UK’s Daily Mail. In my opinion this should go viral. If you agree than help it do so.

    “I love discrimination, I think it’s great and I suffer from it all the time. I get it for my skin colour (no special interest groups, government programs, media bias, history months, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, cultural awareness initiatives, government funded anti-racism programs or positive discrimination for me), my work ethic (no dole, income support, government NI contributions or housing benefit for me), my political opinion (no crooked big business sponsorship or nudge nudge wink wink law bending for my party), my sexuality (no support groups, outreach workers or police sensitivity training for me), my behaviour (no probation officers, mentors, rehabilitative trips abroad as a reward for good behaviour or social workers for me) or my immigration status (no free housing, food, money, legal representation, driving lessons, action groups or turning a blind eye to the law for me).

    – Jason, Blackpool”

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