I followed a link from David Malone over to here. This notion of responsibility towards each other has been part of my thinking for a long time. It involves risk and trust which are not easy… what do you think?
I have just watched this interview in which Ross Ashcroft of the Renegade Economist talks to author and film-maker David Malone about democracy, economics and more.
There’s a lot of good stuff in it but one idea struck me as something really special.
David Malone argues that the idea of individual rights – human, constitutional, whatever – is counterproductive. He wants us to turn the idea of individual rights on its head and replace it with the idea of individual obligations.
As an example he says that there should be no “right” to live in peace in our own homes. Instead, he says, you should have an obligation to ensure that I can live in peace inside my home, and I should have the same obligation to you.
Think about how powerful this is.
Under a system of rights I am sitting in one corner demanding what’s due to me while…
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