Re: Note to fellow newsgroup posters

Mark McIntyre said:


[...] rights are earned, not innate,

Wrong. Rights are generally *not* earned. For example, you have the right to
remain silent, whether or not you have done anything to earn it, simply by
virtue of the fact that you are a subject of Her Majesty the Queen.

When we speak of "earning the right to...", we are speaking loosely. What we
actually mean is "earning the privilege".

Richard Heathfield

"You *have* the right to remain silent. What
you lack is the capacity." - Shrek

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