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Natural Rights vs. Human Rights:
A Critique of Alain de Benoist

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Introduction

This essay examines Alain de Benoist’s book Beyond Human Rights, translated into English in 2011 by Arktos, originally published in French in 2004. This book is a powerful condemnation of the Western idea of natural rights, which it claims to be intrinsically associated with the idea that all humans across the world have human rights. It objects to the imposition of human rights obligations on an otherwise multicultural humanity. Read more …

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El Filósofo está dentro
Fuerza y Derecho

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Albrecht Dürer, hombres salvajes de los paneles del Retrato de Oswald Krell, 1499

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Nota del Traductor:

“Might is Right” se conoce generalmente como “la ley del más fuerte”, pero por una cuestión de concordancia traducimos “como fuerza y derecho”.

Un lector me preguntó mis pensamientos sobre la relación entre la fuerza y el derecho. (Dicho sea de paso, yo soy feliz de responder cuestiones filosóficas).

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The Philosopher is In
Might & Right

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Albrecht Dürer, wild men from the side panels of the Portrait of Oswald Krell, 1499

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A reader has asked me for my thoughts on the relationship between might and rights. (By the way, I am happy to entertain philosophical questions.)

What are rights? Rights are principles defining political freedoms and obligations. If rights are political, what makes rights “natural” as opposed to conventional? What makes rights natural is an argument deriving them from human nature. Thus natural rights are socially instituted, protected, and enforced freedoms and obligations that are rationally grounded in nature, Read more …

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The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, Part 4 
The Construction of the Western Self

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

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Part 4 of 5

Ricardo Duchesne
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Leiden: Brill, 2011

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Human Rights between Ideology & Politics:
Alain de Benoist’s Beyond Human Rights

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Alain de Benoist
Beyond Human Rights: Defending Freedoms
London: Arktos Media, 2011

The work under review is the third by French philosopher Alain de Benoist to be translated into English, and the second translation to be published by Arktos Media. Like its predecessor The Problem of Democracy, it is a short, dense book written to challenge the authority of one of the most pompous god-terms of our age.

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Liberalism as the Ideology of Consummate Meaninglessness, Part 3

Martin Heidegger, 1889–1976

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Part 1 here, Part 2 here

In ancient and medieval philosophy, “to be” meant to be an enduring presence, the Eternal Being being God. For moderns, “it” (the enduring presence) becomes a being, an object, in time and space or else a self-conscious subject.

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Liberalism as the Ideology of Consummate Meaninglessness, Part 2

Immanuel Kant, 1724–1804

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Part 1 here, Part 3 here

Immanuel Kant, the first to philosophize the “question of freedom,” approaches the world like Descartes. He begins with Cartesianism’s dehistoricized, peopleless subject, which is seen as an “ends in itself,” something that is to be “freed” for the sake of its “self-assured self-legislation.”

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Liberalism as the Ideology of Consummate Meaninglessness, Part 1

Martin Heidegger, 1889–1976

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Part 2 here, Part 3 here

They’re killing us with their freedom.

Every dissolution of social order, every assault on the family, the unrelenting denigration of authority and heritage, and now our biological replacement by the Third World’s refuse–all justified, legislated, and celebrated in freedom’s hallowed name.

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