On rights and obligations

The U.S. Bill of Rights was ratified this month in 1791.

For every right it conferred, the Bill created several obligations on the very government that granted those rights.

And that’s the hidden truth of rights. When you demand one, you create several obligations for other people.

This reality can serve as a check on the fairness of your demands. If the right you demand serves all people (and not just you), then everyone is more likely to accept the burden of the ancillary obligations.

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