Torture, Rights, & Supreme Emergencies

Hobyahs2smallA right isn’t just something that’s good, something to be maximized or traded. That’s the role of an interest. The constraints on behavior that a right imposes, if it is to be significant at all, must be inviolable in a way constraints imposed by mere interests are not. But this saves the significance of rights at the cost of their existence; if the constraints imposed by rights are inviolable, then there just aren’t any rights.

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