Human Rights

I am given to understand that the first occurrence in English literature of the expression “human rights” appears in Thoreau’s essay “On Civil Disobedience.” I was shocked to realize the expression appears only in recent history, and not from the mighty organizations and traditions of religions and lawmakers, but from a rather eccentric and reclusive bachelor (whom I greatly admire!)

Howard Zinn on Civil Disobedience

What Is Globalization? – Noam Chomsky

The Most Dangerous Moment In History


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One Response to “Human Rights”

  1. 4854derrida Says:


    I’ve recently uploaded two rare interviews with the Wobblie, anarchist, and activist Dorothy Day.

    Day had begun her service to the poor in New York City during the Depression with Peter Maurin, and it continued until her death in 1980. Their dedication to administering to the homeless, elderly, and disenfranchised continues in many parts of the world.

    Please post or announce the availability of these videos for those who may be interested in hearing this remarkable humanist.

    They may be located here:

    Thank you

    Dean Taylor

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