Stephen T Horner (DSHpoet)
Stephen T Horner
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Stephen T Horner DSHpoet
Another thing to take note of is the reverse side of the coin.  Most often these texts speak of rights for the citizenry (an inclusive word that expanded over time as our peoples socially evolved).  What they most often do not mention, in any great detail, is responsibility. 
So we see texts pointing to our "universal" rights (typically seen from an anglo-american point of view as "Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness (or earlier Property)".  Then we see the responsibilities of the government to ensuring those rights.  We rarely see any mention of the responsibility of the individual to not infringe on the rights of others.  It is almost always written out as the arena of the government. 
Now an argument could be made that if any such text were written it would be equivalent to censorship or infringing on the rights of (wo)men but I find it interesting that no real conversation seems to ever be made on this.  I do not believe that the concept of personal responsibility runs against the concept of personal freedom.  To me I believe they need to be taken together.
The United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights December 10, 1948. Sadly the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities proposed by the InterAction Council has not been ratified.  I believe it never will be because of politics.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
http://interactioncouncil.org/universal-declaration-human-responsibilities