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Civilization Means Legal Rights

Reader comment on item: In Defense of Europe's "Far-Right" Parties

Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 2, 2018 at 18:11

Think about what it means to not be protected by a robust legal system. One can run afoul of corrupt judges and politicians; one can be lynched by an angry mob; one can be hauled into court for saying or writing the wrong thing. The achievement of the West, albeit imperfect, has been to establish a legal system which is reasonably fair, and where it is not a crime to be unpopular. This does not describe what exists in most of the world, and it has only appeared relatively recently in the West, where it evolved in fits and starts over the last few hundred years.

Lately, it would appear that Western Europe has been backsliding rapidly, but that Eastern Europe is moving in the right direction. One should also note progress in countries such as India, although justice is maddeningly slow there.

Minorities are particularly vulnerable in a flawed legal system. Note the abuses of Christians in Muslim countries. Jewish history is a long travesty of justice at the hands of the mob and abusive regimes.

If civilized countries allow millions of people from uncivilized countries to immigrate, it is entirely possible that our legal system will devolve accordingly. There are already signs of that happening in Western Europe (ex. the trials of Tommy Robinson, Geert Wilders and the rise of Islamist-monger Corbyn). Even in America, we see the danger of political correctness undermining the First Amendment on our campuses.

We shouldn't take our rights for granted, but be determined and realistic in defending ourselves. Frankly, it frightens me.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Banning circumcision is not antisemitic [62 words]vivarto rotenbergNov 3, 2018 01:32245784
If you are against circumsion, are you also against abortion? [43 words]EdwardNov 6, 2018 17:03245784
This is the radical feminist left obsession with what they term "consent". [418 words]AnonNov 6, 2018 18:14245784
There is nothing "far right" about Sweden Democrats Banning circumcision is not antisemitic [17 words]vivarto rotenbergNov 6, 2018 20:44245784
the point [18 words]vivarto rotenbergNov 6, 2018 23:56245784
Civilization Means Legal Rights [260 words]DaveNov 2, 2018 18:11245778
1Excellent article [382 words]Anon.Nov 2, 2018 09:18245768
Civilisationists Down Under. [182 words]Reynald de ChatillonNov 2, 2018 00:49245765

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