LOLogos

Rights Presuppose Authority

To acknowledge the validity of rights is to assume the authority of a rights-giver. This, in short, acknowledges the validity of social institutions as part of a system of authority, which assumes the inherent good of democracy or majority rule. Thus, to acknowledge the validity of rights is to assume an inherent dependence on, and subjugation to the will of, the majority.
— 2007 journal entry

Today, I would phrase this as follows:

Rights imply a rights-giver, a kind of authority. Since rights are a foundational part of a democracy, acknowledging the validity of rights is tantamount to accepting one's dependence on, and subjugation to the will of, the majority. In a democracy, the majority is the ultimate authority.