First Principles Presentation: Where do our Rights Come from?

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First Principles: Rights

 Lecture and Discussion Series

 Fault Lines:  Where do our Rights Come From?

 June 17, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. | Free | Refreshments Provided | 105 S. Main St., Greenwood WI

 Main Speaker: Dr. Anthony Horvath

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 One View:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 Another View:

[A] right … is social in origin and intent. … The more we emphasize the free right of an individual to his property, the more we emphasize what society has done for him: the avenues it has opened to him for acquiring; the safeguards it has put about him for keeping; the wealth achieved by others which he may acquire by exchanges themselves socially buttressed.      John Dewey, 1908

“Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 per cent of income so long as the people benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”      Barack Obama Sr., 1965

“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”      Barack Obama Jr., 2012


 Dr. Horvath speaks for 20-30 Minutes


 Others have the floor for 3 Minutes

 Q+A for 2 Minutes

 Until people get bored


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