Literature that takes this proper approach to human rights is scarce because socialist philosophers have dominated the subject in the past hundred years. The book Human Rights, What Are They Really? is a departure from that trend. Essentially, it presents a complete theory of human rights based on natural rights and is devoid of rights invented for a purpose. It also discusses false rights, implementation of true rights and opposing forces. Especially pertinent to our time is a book Supplement containing essays on the following current issues: same sex marriage, adoption of children, abortion, circumcision, capital punishment, aboriginal land treaties, disintegration of states, interference in states, conquest of states, and world poverty.
Another book with a basically true perspective on human rights is What Are Human Rights? by Maurice Cranston (Bodley Head 1973).
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