When I wrote about how Rights have to exist independently of any particular government in order to exist at all, I thought that with only a little explanation it would be obvious. That the “government grants rights” concept was something that people believe mainly because they just haven’t thought through the consequences of that position. […]Rights and Government, Take Two. — The Writer in Black
If the only rights you have are those granted by government than no government can ever be said to violate “human rights.” The rights, after all, are what the government says they are, neither more nor less.