my_positions > harp_on___unpolished
document updated 4 months ago, on Feb 18, 2024
The high-level idea here is that many people view certain rights as unalienable, as part of our consitution. Yet these rights are often taken away from certain groups, without acknowledging that these rights are no longer universal.

These rights have always been conditional, a means to an end.

Jefferson penned "all men are created equal"... while enslaving 600 people and advocating for forcibly removing indigenous people.

Conservatives believe that "free speech" is one of our most important rights... but then ban books. And Elon Musk described himself as a "free speech absolutist" while banning journalists and comedians.

The gun rights folks are super vocal any time there *might* be a reduction in their rights... but didn't stand up when Philando Castile was killed. Governor Ronald Reagan supported increased gun control after the Black Panthers started open carrying.

This country was founded on the principle of "no taxation without representation" yet that's literally the situation for the US Territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, the Mariana Islands, and Guam.