I once declared that only individuals can possess rights. A friend once asked me why a collective cannot possess “rights”. To me, the answer is simple if a person understands what it means to possess rights.
To possess a right a person must accept that he now possesses a responsibility. To possess a right a person has to realize he now possesses an obligation. To possess a right a person must realize that he now possesses a duty. It does not mean he can do whatever he wants though there are many who treat a right in such a manner.
He must accept the responsibility of his behaviors in regards to any particular right he claims. In the acceptance he then can claim any benefits that result from expressing that right. He must also be willing to accept any consequences that result from expressing that right either from the nature of life or his fellow man.
He must accept that he has an obligation once he possesses a certain right. That obligation is to never abuse his use of that right. It is not a toy to play with but a tool that man was given in order to pursue the opportunity of his happiness as he sees it.
He must accept that he has a duty once in possession of a right. That duty is to safeguard that right against all who would take it from him. And this be most important for it will ever be attacked by others who feel that rights do not belong to individuals.
If a man accepts that he possesses rights then he must also believe he possesses a free will in order to express those rights. For as we see a man must choose not only how to express those rights but also must choose whether or not they are important enough to possess in the first place.
And a free will is what separates a collective from an individual. A collective cannot possess a free will of its own. The behavior of a collective is a determined behavior. It is determined by the independent behavior of each of the individuals within that collective. It cannot act or think independently from the individuals as necessary for a free will to exist of that collective.
This does not mean that a collective cannot possess a force of life. What a collective does possess that an individual cannot possess is power. Give a collective enough power and it will force itself upon the individuals within that collective. It is up to the individual to possess the strength of will to resist the power of the collective. And that has been the biggest struggle of mankind.
It is only in the possession of a free will that a person can act in a voluntary and consensual manner. So, to convey rights upon a collective is to declare that a collective has the ability to act in a voluntary and consensual manner and it cannot. It can only act as determined by the will of each and every individual within that collective.
And those individuals who declare that collectives have rights are only being submissive to the power of a collective in hopes of being a beneficiary of that power. In declaring that a collective has rights a person is rationalizing the use of the abusive power a collective has over individuals. In declaring that a collective has rights a person is revealing just how weak his will is.
The individual belief of the possession of free will is directly related to belief of the possession of power by the collective. The greater the power of the collective is given the less a person believes in free will. For the individual recognizes that he has no control over his own life. The less power possessed by the collective the greater the belief in fee will. For the individual must accept control of his own life. This and this alone should be the biggest reason we should seek to limit the power of the agency of the largest collective in our lives, the federal government.
These are but a few reasons that a collective should never be seen as possessing rights. I know this leaves a lot of questions unanswered so if anyone has any questions I will be pleased to attempt to give an answer to it. The idea of rights is a very deep subject and one can spend a life time in study of it and never come to a definitive answer as to what it is or how it actually works.