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Does Egyptian Censorship Violate “Right” to Social Media?

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Posted on February 2 2011 1:40 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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I knew I was inviting a headache from the moment I saw the title. “Cairo Sunshine All Around the World” is a Huffington Post article by Raffi Cavoukian, the Egyptian-born Canadian singer who brought us “Baby Beluga” and “Bananaphone” under the mononym Raffi.

Are we witnessing the emergence of a new fundamental human right — the right of citizens to connect via social media — the digital right to communicate? Does any nation that disrupts or suspends the people’s right to communicate by this most democratic of means thus not suspend its own legitimacy?

Further on, he discovers another emergent right.

A new basic right is “the right to a future” for Earth and Child — for both our warming planet and her children scattered on all the lands called home. The right to a viable future is like a beacon to light universal human needs and hopes in this pivotal time for civilization.

Right about here is where the well-informed will recognize that Raffi is not the nut he appears to be, but a sophisticated leftist change agent. Raffi is propagating a view of “fundamental human rights” which is antithetical to the natural law upon which actual rights are based.

Let’s get one thing straight. Rights do not “emerge.” There is not now, nor will there ever be, a “new” right. Raffi’s assertion to the contrary is an assault upon both the intellect of his readers and those rights which are apparent from the natural order.

No one can have a “right” to social media, because social media is an amalgam of products and services which require energy and resources to exist. To uphold social media as a “right” is to assert that every human being is entitled to the energy and resources required to use social media. The only way to meet such an entitlement is to obligate “society” to provide for the “have nots.”

Of course, that is precisely what Raffi has in mind. His flighty lyrical dream-speak notwithstanding, at heart, Raffi is just another wealth-seizing leftist dictator.

Particularly clever is this imagined “right to a future.” It sounds great, doesn’t it? It even resonates with the underlying arguments for natural law. Your ownership of your future is the basis upon which others may not unjustly deprive you of life. However, Raffi’s re-branding is something else entirely. “The right to a viable future” imagines a right to a future provided. Who is responsible for tending to the “universal human needs and hopes” of all mankind? This is not a right to be, but a right to be fed.

Next: The deep roots of Raffi’s Orwellian craft…

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