Posted 9 years ago on Feb. 19, 2012, 1:11 p.m. EST by craigdangit
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I've heard people on here claim that individuals do not have any rights that are not trumped by the collective rights of the majority, saying that people essentially don't matter in the face of society, or the common good. I have some questions, though, I'd appreciate it if anyone answered them.
Wasn't slavery better for the common good? There was nearly free labor, all for the cost of just a few lives and the subjegation of a relatively small segment of the population.
Also, what if the government were to randomly select one person off the street every day and harvest their organs? Seven lives would be saved, all for the cost of just one. Also, millions would be saved getting people off of the public health roles.
Also, how does this thinking not lead to racial profiling? If we divided people up based on races, et cetera, we could do much for the common good by statistically verifying that people of certain races, ages, and genders are more likely to do things that are costly to society, and arguments could be made for taking away various rights from people based on arbitrary statistical methods. These arguments are completely misguided, as all people are created equal, and should not have their rights restricted based on the actions of other people. But why is it unfair in the face of the common good?