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It drives me nuts when Conservatives et al. talk about Human Rights ‘gone mad’. Because no, they don’t believe in ‘human’ rights, that implies some kind of universality. But look at the language they use, the things they believe in, and it certainly relies on the notion of Rights:-
What sparks off my fury is listening to Cameron talking about how rights come with responsibilities, and thinking - he’s had more than his human rights upheld, he has had fuck loads of privileges that he somehow thinks he deserves or has the right to, most of which come (directly or indirectly) from plundering the world and exploiting its people. Also I read this and just couldn’t believe it (violently remove the protesters, they’re getting in the way of a businesses right to make money).
Not that i think that the language of Human Rights is necessarily a perfect framework, I just hate the hypocrisy of people attacking Human Rights, as though they have some problem with the notion of Rights. Clearly they have a notion of Rights, Rights for the elite, its just the ‘human’ or universality component they have the problem with.
The whole discourse of Rights and Responsibilites that Conservatives use is therefore very useful for them, it makes it appear that their only problem with Human Rights is when they do not also entail responsibilities. So it diverts attention away from their elitist position: that it is humanity/universality that they’re not really keen on the idea on, not rights.
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