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Thursday, October 15, 2009

UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

Although it sounds like an ideal worth supporting, the United Nations "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" becomes a bit disconcerting as you approach the end (29/30) of it:

Article 29.

  • (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  • (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  • (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Doesn't the sub-paragraph that I have highlighted make you a bit uneasy? Essentially it is saying that you can do almost anything - so long as it is not at odds with what the U.N. says you may do! It seems that the U.N. gives with one hand... while simultaneously taking away with the other.

The implied possibilities are far reaching simply because they are so vague. The one that seems most obvious to me is that one would be in "violation" of this edict if one spoke out against the plans and desires of the U.N. The entire document sounds unsurpisingly socialistic and totalitarian to me.

For those few of you who may be interested, the entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights is viewable at (copy-n-paste):

It's an interesting document to read, even though it is reminiscent of Fritz Lang's disturbing and depressing 1927 film "Metropolis".

It's possible I could be misinterpreting the entire thing... but I doubt that. The purpose of politics is control - and the purpose of international politics is total and universal control.

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