The Enlightenment has made our world obsessed with the concept of “rights.”
One camp argues for the right of religious liberty, another for abortion and free college. There is a very wide range of ideas for what exactly deserves to be a right, but allow me to make a proposition.
Rights do not objectively exist.
Now, you may find this absurd, and I may be excommunicated from the Church of the Founding Fathers, but there are a few basic objective qualities rights have:
- Rights do not exist on a physical, or objective level, therefore,
- Rights may only be promulgated by the state, therefore,
- The state may at any time take away those rights.
I’m not going to go on a tangent for why the state should become tyrannical, as I am arguing for quite the opposite. Rights are generally used by progressives to argue for things to be given to them for free, or why they should be allowed to partake in acts traditionally viewed as immoral.
The subjective nature of “rights” as a concept allows for them to be abused a great deal. Abortion may be promoted as a basic right due to “right to autonomy”, and the manufacture of hard drugs in one’s home argued from a position of “right to private property.” While negative rights are usually beneficial in practice, the philosophy of explaining things as a right can lead to cultural entitlement. Such things should be argued from the position of an objective duty, something which must be done, rather than a right, which simply can be done.
Duty, as a word, implies something which is important, distinguished, and imperative to the survival of something. The nature of duty focuses on what should be done, rather than what can be done for the sake of simply doing something. Duty, also as a word, implies more rigidity and effort on the part of a person. This may leave a sour taste in people’s mouths, but for us to return to greatness and glory, we must embrace duty and strength before we fall.
Duty cannot be argued with, while rights can be, which is why duties are more effective when it comes to morality. A duty can be proven objectively, a right cannot. It is more philosophically sound to not think the state is what gives you the ability to do something basic. Rights become a more complicated concept.
The timeless idea of duty to do what is morally righteous is less vague than rights, which can be twisted by those seeking a payout from the state. Duties derive from the idea that you cannot not do them. You must perform them to survive or because you have been commanded. Rights can possibly be done, for good reasons or selfish ones.
In the modern world, the idea of duty and objective morality isn’t thought highly of. The idea of rights is very delightful to the selfish man, for they allow him to abandon anything that would put his will in check. It’s not even Sophistry when one preaches what the government can give them, it is simply pandering. It isn’t about convincing people of what is right, it is about doing what is morally righteous at all costs. Rights allow for twisting and subjectivity, what is right and what is wrong must be non-negotiable.
As those who stand against the moral decay and degeneracy of the North, we must unite in our bond to the soil. We live in a land of manners and culture, not one of handouts and pandering.
What have we done with the liberty we have been given? We’ve allowed ourselves to be subjugated, overrun, and pushed around by the Eternal New-Englander even before the Revolutionary War. Our agrarian and aristocratic South was wrestled into a Yankee’s War, and our own interests were hardly ever cared for.
What has this liberty allowed for them to do to us? Our way of life is attacked and overrun by the progressive student and the Yankee corporate CEO. We are crushed under the heel of American corporationism and sandwiched between Marxism by the youth and their professors.
We must break away from any strain of the American identity. We must assert duties over rights, and our culture over any sort of invading influence. We never had a chance to assert ourselves at the Founding, and after we tried, we were crushed under the boot of Carpetbaggers and Radical Reconstructionists, and later our jobs sold oversees by Washington elites, and our culture robbed in the name of political correctness.
The worship of the American identity, and the Union, is nothing but pure statism. We not bound together by culture or creed, but by a government which cares for no one but themselves and those who line their pockets.
Question the philosophical roots of the Union – classical liberalism. The ideology which modern progressivism and all her heads stems from. As the intelligentsia of the Southern Nationalist movement, we should tireless work to assert a philosophy independent from Yankee influence and legend. Our own art, our own thought, and our own life. Take up the duty to defend your land, change your way of thinking, and no longer lose the battle.