Imagine yourself, for a moment, at the beginning of humanity. Whether you believe in creation or evolution does not matter for this exercise. Simply imagine being conscious with your five senses at the beginning of human existence.
Now, at that time, would you observe a civilization in place? Would you find yourself surrounded by the trappings of civilization? A built city or cities? An organized form of government? An organized form of agriculture? Any technology? Churches in existence? Would you know a language? Would there be written laws in place to be obeyed? Cultural values and mores in place? Duties required of you to be obeyed?
Such questions present the matter of a First Cause, and which came first, humanity or civilization. What else could exist, under original conditions, other than your humanity, and that of others? Perhaps God? Perhaps the universe, the earth and its natural resources?
Natural rights are founded in the very origins of humanity and in the essence of what it means to be a human being. The existence of natural rights precedes the development of tribes, community, churches, governments, and yes, even racial identity. They are objective truths, inherent to every individual human being, existing independent of norms, cultures, doctrines, and forms of government. The latter phenomena being subjective and secondary to original natural rights.
As just one example, the drive or will to survive exists independently of time or place. Even those who commit suicide, contemplate it for a period of time, before following through with the act. If the decision is made very quickly, it is under extreme conditions, such as with those who leaped from the burning World Trade Center towers. Time, whether in minutes, days, or years, is required, because it takes tremendous will or severe panic to override the inherent instinct to survive. Moreover, this survival instinct in humanity, rejects the notion that one should submit to the slaying by another. Thus, the right to self-defense, against being murdered, is inherent. It exists as part and parcel of one’s humanity. Thus, it is a natural right, easily understood, and not subject to the capricious laws or predominant opinions within a given civilization.
If you take the time to peruse the writings of most of the founders of the republic of the United States, you will find few references to “God-given rights” – as just a handful of examples, the debates in Philadelphia, Jefferson, Paine, Henry, Lee, Franklin, and several others. Most of the Founders were Deists, not Christians. Thus, for example, Franklin would refer to “Providence,” not to “God” or in relation to rights. Jefferson wrote of “inalienable rights,” not “God-given rights.” And, of course, it would be a blatant absurdity to postulate that Paine advocated “God-given rights.” The examples could constitute an entire essay or book. Nevertheless, it is historical illiteracy and a false premise to any argument on the subject of natural rights to claim that the Founders often advocated “God-given rights.”
Ideas which are construed as “duty,” regardless of time, place, or civilization, are entirely subjective concepts. The origins of such notions cannot be argued biologically, genetically, mathematically, or spiritually, which would be required as proof of objectivity. Is not the very definition of “duty” which can be found in any good dictionary of the English language, simply the invention of someone other than yourself? Thus, such concepts, even by strict definition, are subjective, and inferior to natural rights.
The identity of Dixie, and that of the United States, is founded in rebellion and resistance to arbitrary dictates, rules, and laws which were imposed by an illegitimate power. As Southerners, we now find ourselves at the tail end of basically a century and a half of rule under the Empire – pay your taxes, serve your nation, etc. Obedience to subjective “duties” will do nothing to break the onerous yoke of the Empire. In fact, blind obedience to “duty” is a significant factor in the rise of nationalism which began in the late 19th century, and still has its stranglehold on the Southern public’s mind to this very day.
Men and women of the South will assert and fight for their rights once they are cognizant of them. And once they have been made aware of how their rights have been taken without consent; We have to overcome over a century of brainwashing and propaganda to reach our fellow Southerners. If there is a “duty” upon us, it is to make our fellow Southerners aware of their natural rights. To empower them with knowledge of their true natural rights. And to inspire them with the spirit of revolt and rebellion so that they will assert those rights with vigor and enthusiasm.