Thursday, January 18, 2007

Empirical Human Right to have a Job

On my way home, listening to one of my 130 Sirius stations, a world news station interviewed an “expert” who said there is an “empirical human right to have a job.” Now I only have a Bachelors degree from one of those crappy small state colleges… so could someone explain to me what that means?

I have a vague understanding of Maslow and Harlow I have gone through the thick books of Hobbs, Locke, and Rousseau and really enjoyed the American tour of de Tocqueville; but I am not really sure how employment is a “right.” Safety, food, shelter, and clean air sure - heck I’ll even list to someone argue they have to "fight for the right to party"; but I am not clear on employment part. There have been a myriad of bad workers in and out of my life, and I have a hard time believing that they have a “right” to be there no matter how bad they do.


  1. A neccessity, for some. A privelage, for others. But a right? No way. If you're not Paris Hilton, then you're probably struggling to pay some of your bills. So what do you do? You give up things...or you work a second job...or you get more education in order to EARN more money. You don't sit at home drinking Schlitz thinking "Man, I deserve a job"; You work to find work, then you work to keep work.

    Just my humble opinion.

  2. a) that photo is hysterical
    b) maybe the right is the right to work, to accomplish and not necessarily a JOB per se. I do think that doing something (hunting, gathering, making the shelter) is a natural human instinct, so perhaps yes, a right.

  3. really could care less about what you wrote, because that photo is CRACKING me up!!!