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Balancing Rights With Responsibilities

Comment 20th July 2010

My idea is to formalise civic duties so that human rights etc are not 1-sided.

Eg you have a right to hospital treatment – but not if you abuse the staff.

You have a right to social security payments – but not if you fail to accept/look for work.

You have the right to complain about public authorities – but not to be a professional complainer.

Why does this matter?

The importance of the idea is that it would bring home to people that whilst they have the right to benefits from the rest of society, society in turn has tne right to expect they will behave responsibly and not abuse those rights.

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