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Single Idea 18642

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 2. Anarchism]

Full Idea

Individuals have rights, and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights). So strong and far-reaching are these rights that they raise the question of what, if anything, the state and its officials may do.

Gist of Idea

Individual rights are so strong that the state and its officials must be very limited in power


Robert Nozick (Anarchy,State, and Utopia [1974], Pref)

Book Reference

Nozick,Robert: 'Anarchy,State, and Utopia' [Blackwell 1980], p.-8

A Reaction

This claim appears to be an axiom, but I'm not sure that the notion of 'rights' make any sense unless someone is granting the rights, where the someone is either a strong individual, or the community (perhaps represented by the state).