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Message to Future Left

I see the right way forward as the following. First, an understanding of what fundamental rights every person has. This is considerably different from the prevailing human rights doctrine that contains errors. Second, an agreed upon definition of justice and recognition that it applies to the individual, not to groups. My definition is that justice is the concept that a person gets what he/she deserves.
Third is a concept I call proper government. It means a government that protects the rights of all citizens. It is effective and efficient because all positions in the government are defined by a list of responsibilities and every person is required to fulfill those responsibilities under pain of dismissal.

Filed under: Comments to NGO's | May 27th, 2016


U-Tube Course in Human Rights

A condensed version of “Human Rights, What Are They Really?” has been uploaded to U-Tube as a short course in human rights. It is in 3 segments-

Segment 1: Elements of a right and natural rights

Segment 2: Subsidiary rights

Segment 3: Comparison with prevailing human rights doctrine

Go to:

      Segment 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otnzIVYgabE

      Segment 2:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXWStA_Hqt8

      Segment 3:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJH7dSfF6M

A 4th segment is planned and will appear later in the year.

 

Filed under: Notices, Uncategorized | May 4th, 2016


Letter to Religious Freedom Institute

To Religious Freedom Institute,
The subject of religious freedom is confusing the world because the meaning is not clear. Socialists believe that it means one can practice his/her religion wherever he/she is. The political leaders of the Western World, being socialist liberals, go along with this interpretation. The theory of true human rights says that a person may freely practice his/her religion in places that he/she has the right to control which is normally places that he/she owns, such as house, car, boat, etc. Public places are owned in common by the entire population. Therefore, the rules regarding religious expression are determined by consensus, just as rules regarding minimum clothing, profanity, etc., are determined. Which of these views is the basis for the RFI?
Robert

Filed under: Comments to NGO's | April 29th, 2016


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Robert Stephen Higgins was born into a coal-mining family in Nova Scotia but grew up mostly in Southern Ontario. In 1964 he graduated from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and began his engineering career in the aero engine and aircraft fields. This included a period at the Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle as a material stress analyst on the 747 jetliner project. Worried that aircraft design projects were too discontinuous for raising a family he moved to the power industry. Through the 1970’s he was a design and project mechanical engineer on new oil and coal-fired power stations in Canada and the USA. Much higher pay and adventure called to him in taking a project engineering position for the construction of a nuclear power station in Argentina. He remained in the Canadian nuclear power industry as a design engineer until taking early retirement in 1999. Afterwards, he completed two consultant contracts in the nuclear field, the latter taking him to South Africa to manage a mechanical engineering department on a project to design and build a demonstration pebble-bed modular reactor (nuclear) which, unfortunately, was cancelled in 2008.

Robert was not just an engineer, however, but an interested student of the whole human story. History and archaeology were fascinating subjects, but closer to home the direction in which politicians, judges, and others in positions of power were taking society was of more serious concern. A public confrontation with the president of the large company (23,000 employees) for which he worked was a tipping point. Robert suggested that the employment equity program which the president was promoting would discriminate against white males. The president replied that he did not care if it did, he was going to implement it anyway. Reflecting on this interchange afterwards, Robert concluded that employment equity programs were more about designing society than about individual rights.

After retirement, he applied his long experience with objective analysis to discover what human rights really were. His book Human Rights, What Are They Really? was published in late 2008. More writing is ahead amid efforts to advance his own technical projects.

In April, 2014, Robert became a member of the board of the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa.