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What is the Objectivist view on States' Rights?

What is the Objectivist view on States' Rights?

October 4, 2023

Question: What is the Objectivist view on States' Rights?

Answer: Well, Objectivism first holds with individual rights; rights to life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness, and empowers government in order to protect those rights, but with limitations on that government power, explicit in the Bill of Rights, checks and balances, and so on.

 Now in the Federal system, there are 50 states and those general principles do leave lots of room for variation in implementation, and as long as states are not violating individual rights, the Federal government should leave them to go their own way.

 But if the states are overriding or violating any individual rights, then the Federal government can and should properly override what the states are doing. Now that goes the other way as well. If the Federal government is violating individual rights, then the states should properly resist by discussion, legislation, and judicial test cases.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
About the author:
Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks is a Senior Scholar for The Atlas Society and Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University.

他是《推理的藝術:邏輯分析讀物》(W. W. Norton & Co.,1998)、《解釋後現代主義:從盧梭到福柯的懷疑主義和社會主義》(Scholargy,2004)、《尼采與納粹》(奧卡姆剃刀,2010)、《創業生活》(CEEF,2016)、《自由主義的利弊》(康納·考特,2020)、《藝術:現代、後現代和超越》(與邁克爾·紐伯里合著,2021)和《八大教育哲學》的作者 (2022). 他曾在《商業道德季刊》、《形而上學評論》和《華爾街日報》上發表文章。他的著作已被翻譯成20種語言。




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