"The basis of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual. Nobody preached duty to these kids in a way they could understand -- that is, with a spanking. But the society they were in told them endlessly about their 'rights.'
"The results should have been predictable, since a human being has no natural rights of any nature."
Mr. Dubois had paused. Somebody took the bait. "Sir? How about 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness'?"
"Ah, yes, the 'unalienable rights.' Each year someone quotes that magnificent poetry. Life? What 'right' to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken his cries. What 'right' to life has a man who must die if he is to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of 'right'? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'? And is it 'right'? As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is the least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.Liberty always vanishes unless selfishly guarded by those who inherited it from ancestors willing to bleed to attain it...
Robert Heinlein in a nutshell.
Think about this as we consider the new race of Lady Liberty...[Lady Liberty Is Depicted as a Black Woman on an Official Us Mint Coin for the First Time in History, Daily Mail, 1-12-17]:
The US government on Thursday issued a new commemorative collector coin featuring Lady Liberty depicted as a black woman – the first time in history that the famed symbol of Americana is portrayed as an African American.
The 24-karat gold $100 coin was unveiled to mark the US Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary.
The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows the woman’s head in profile with a crown of stars.
It features the year of the mint’s founding, 1792, as well as 2017.The mint says the other side of the coin will depict an eagle in flight.
It was designed by Justin Kunz, an accomplished artist and illustrator whom the mint has commissioned for past works on coins, according to its .
‘As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty’s representation,’ said Elisa Basnight, US Mint chief of staff.
‘We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible.’
It is the first in a series of coins that will show Lady Liberty as a minority.
Future coins will show her as an Asian America, Hispanic American, and a Native American ‘to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.’
The mint’s announcement divided users on social media.
Some hailed it as an appropriate and long overdue nod to American multiculturalism, while others said it was the latest attempt to impose political correctness as part of a culture war against the country’s heritage.
‘Will there be a Caucasian version as well? To represent all diversity?’ one Facebook user asked.