Aug 22, 2007

There's no such thing as

The universal right to health, says Theodore Dalrymple.
The doctrine of rights, which started out as an attempt to defend the citizen against arbitrary governmental power, has thus been transformed into the locus standi of arbitrary government power. To adapt slightly the words of Dostoyevsky with regard to freedom and despotism, starting from infinite rights we arrive at infinite subjection. In the process - and not entirely coincidentally - absolute power will pass into the hands of an elite of infinitely benevolent administrators.

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