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On Calgary mayor using taxpayers money against Bill 21

Posted 2021 Dec 20 at Rebel News web site…
I have another reason for disagreeing with the Calgary mayor, and with Adam Soos (Rebel News) BTW. One true human right is that a person may set the rules of behaviour in premises that he/she/they own. The rules may limit religious symbols, including ostentatious ones like a hijab. In public premises such as schools, which are owned in common by the citizens (thru their government), the rules are set by consensus. They may limit religious symbols and attire. Bill 21 of the Quebec government therefore conforms to true human rights.
The opposition tacitly posits that the government’s role is to design society, which implies that rules may be set up for achieving a total condition in society that meets the design, irrespective of rights. The design includes the notion that a person may practice his/her religion wherever he/she is. Such a condition conflicts with true fundamental rights as described above.

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | December 20th, 2021

You-Tube Course in Human Rights

A condensed version of “Human Rights, What Are They Really?” has been uploaded to You-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:

      Segment 2:

      Segment 3:

A 4th segment is planned and will appear later.


Filed under: Notices, Uncategorized | February 9th, 2021

The Division in America

The United States, ahead of everybody else as usual, is manifesting a latent philosophical difference between people. Some people believe that a person is born into a club and is therefore obliged to obey the rules of the club. The management is called “the government” and the club is called Society. A basic rule of the club is that every member is responsible for every other.

The other disposition is that a person is born as a free agent into a situation and therefore belongs to any club only by volition. The government is the creation of the people of a country for their purposes. Consequently, it is responsible to the people and can be altered by them.

The first disposition is the essence of left wing politics and the second is right wing. In the democratic systems of today, one or the other will dominate the whole. The dominated may become quite vocal in their discontent and that is what we hear now.

The best solution, in my opinion, is two kinds of jurisdictions, one the home of left wing people and the other of right wing. That solution suggests a reorganization of North America (the philosophical division exists in Canada as well) along ideological lines. A big project. Is anybody interested?

Filed under: Social media comments | January 21st, 2021

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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.

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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. Returning to this effort years later, he published Governance for a New Era in 2020. Amid his own technical projects he strives to achieve recognition for his books and ideas.

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