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Comment on Yahoo news: UK retailer M&S apologises after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

A store or any business may require a worker to do anything that doesn’t offend his/her rights. If the worker doesn’t want to do certain things then he/she must find another employer. That may be the price of adhering to religious prescriptions. This price should be paid by the worker, not by the business, because it is the worker’s choice.

 

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | December 26th, 2013


Yahoo news: Liberals & Conservatives Moving Farther Apart

My personal observation is that there are two types of people: those who feel that their essence is being a part of a group, with responsibilities to and entitlements from that group, and those who feel their essence is being an autonomous individual, a free agent in the world, connected to a group only on a voluntary basis. This is true in every country, with socialist-liberal and conservative political movements being loose manifestations of these dispositions. I think this dichotomy is a characteristic of mankind and will always exist. The former group thoroughly dominate the Western World at present, with the arguable exception of the United States where the Republican and Libertarian parties are the last bulwarks against complete dominance. I started my own resistance effort with my book Human Rights, What Are They Really?

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | December 17th, 2013


Yahoo news: India’s top court says criminalizing homosexuality to stand…

In any country people have the natural right to live freely while respecting the rights of other people. Homosexual activity does not offend anyone’s rights. Therefore, there should be no law against it. Too many people in India do not realize that rights accrue on an individual basis, not a cultural basis (true elsewhere too).

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | December 17th, 2013


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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. “I am not a man of leisure”, says Robert.