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Individual Rights

A Real Right to Life

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Brittany Maynard has a right to life -- to her life. And a right to one's life requires, as an inseparable corollary, the right to terminate it. What else is a right to some action if not the freedom to choose whether or not to engage in it?

Hobby-Nobbing: Company Men and Republicans Attack Privacy This Election

Hans Johnson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Less than a century ago, in 1920, Tennessee lawmakers ratified the 19th Amendment that allowed American women the right to vote in federal elections. The current drive by Republicans and corporate allies to uproot safeguards for privacy and women's rights undermines that legacy.

Marriage Equality, the Ex-Marine and Ayn Rand

James Peron | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

This is why the religious right lost the battle on gay marriage. They erroneously believed that the common American value system was their religious beliefs. It wasn't. Our nation's value system is a belief -- often inconsistently held, but one held nonetheless -- that individual rights and individual liberty matter.

America's Challenge in the Arab World

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The Arab public sphere is dominated by narratives that emphasize deep animosity toward the United States. Such suspicions often are rooted in real differences over policy. But they are also driven by self-serving machinations.

The End of Religious Freedom

James Peron | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
James Peron

We are all free to believe anything we want. We are not free to do anything we want, just because we call it religion. Our rights end where the rights of others begin. This is a line of demarcation too many on the religious right refuse to accept.

My Outing with Apartheid's Enforcers

James Peron | Posted 05.22.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It was during the twilight years of the evil called apartheid that I moved to South Africa to fight for causes that I deeply felt. In my apartment looking out toward the clunky Voortrekker Monument, I started a gay newspaper.

The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

U.S. News can tell you which colleges and universities are ranked the "best," but what about your right to express yourself on campus?

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Care-Less?

Birute Regine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Birute Regine

What do tea baggers, big banks, and the followers of Westboro Baptist Church have in common? A stunted view of morality. The Tea party waves the flag...

California Uber Alles?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

California's Constitution requires state employees to pledge to take up arms to defend the state against enemies. The oath was added in 1952; it was hardly justifiable then and is a bizarre anachronism now.