Constitutional Minute: Natural Rights vs. EntitlementsDr. Larry ArnnAmerica’s founders knew obviously that human beings were not equal in terms of strength or beauty, or in terms of intelligence, industry or talents. They understood that because of such differences – differences in talents and things like that – some people would be wealthier than others. But human beings are equal, the founders believe, in their possession of Natural Rights such as the rights to life, liberty and property. Today many Americans reject this equality of rights in order to pursue equality of condition through redistribution — or “spreading the wealth around” to use a famous formulation. This is destructive of liberty as the founders understood it.
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