27 Oct '21 04:46:2714
Scrap the billions of taxpayer's dollars spent on propping up the Australian Human Rights bureaucracy!
This opinion piece published in The Australian newspaper today, October 27, 2021, is controversial.
Professor Mirko Bagaric is a professor of law and author of books. He did his PhD in law, on the issue of sentencing and punishment.
In 2005 he wrote an article on "the case for torture" in the context of the "war on terror".
Now, in this article published today, he is coming out as a collectivist, arguing that "human rights" do not exist: they are a figment of our imagination.
Thus, if we wind the clock back to the days of the French Revolution, I imagine this professor would be a supporter of the ideas of Edmund Burke (1729-97) and oppose the ideas of Tom Paine (1737-1809) and his treatise "The Rights of Man"
The collectivism that the law professor is espousing in this opinion piece is that of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stewart Mill (1806-1873) i.e. the moral argument that "the common good" should prevail over the perceived "human rights" of the individual.
Professor Bagaric is making these arguments in the context of the draconian laws put up by the government of Dan Andrews in Victoria, Australia, in the context of the brutal "covid" lockdowns. This legislation in Victoria gives the lie to the concept of "human rights".
He makes the correct observation that all the Australian state and federal Human Rights Commissions and Anti Discrimination Boards have made not a single squeak about protecting the human rights of individuals whose freedom of movement & association, and right to control their medical treatment, has been ruthlessly crushed by the government "covid" edicts.
This, he argues, is proof that individual "human rights" do not exist, and so the waste of taxpayer's money on the bureaucracy should be stopped.
I am very wary about "common good" arguments. They are the arguments used by Stalin during his purge, and by Mao during his Cultural Revolution.
Anyway, take a read of the article and see what you think.
Here's the link: click to view online
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