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  •  rights are a function of power (0+ / 0-)
    Are rights assigned or claimed?
    A powerful person both assigns rights to less powerful people, as well as claiming rights against less powerful people.  A group of less powerful people claiming rights against a powerful person is attempting to increase its power and use it to reassign rights.  

    For most of human history, the only claim to rights (implicitly the rights of the aristocracy) that society respected was the fact of exercising them.

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