Tag Archive: rights

Jun 18 2014

How Government Gets Authority

We mostly agree that parents have some level of authority over their children because when children are young they need protection. When the child is an infant, the need for protection is extreme and the authority is nearly absolute to match that need. As children grow older, they become more able to protect themselves and …

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Aug 18 2013

The Right to Privacy

The right to privacy existed before the U.S. Constitution was written. But the Constitution and the Bill of Rights reinforce protections against privacy that were established in common law previously. The First Amendment establishes a right to freedom of speech. The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an …

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May 22 2013

Magna Carta – 1215

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter” was a peace treaty signed by King John of England in 1215, that guaranteed his barons that he would respect the nation’s laws and the rights and privileges they expected and the freedom of the church. This charter ended a rebellion by the barons that had been caused by …

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