[Marxism] Whose rights?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Feb 25 17:28:40 MST 2007

February 25, 2007

Whose Rights?

By Stephen Gowans


It is widely believed in the Western world that 
respect for civil and political liberties is more 
highly advanced in the United States and among 
countries of the Anglo-American orbit than it is 
anywhere else. The idea is so deeply ingrained 
that even egregious abuses of human rights by the 
US government (most recently in connection with 
the “war on terror”) are insufficient to 
discredit the fiction among US citizens that 
their government is the world’s principal human 
rights champion.  While the US government has 
been criticized by such human rights 
organizations as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty 
International, the criticisms have been made in 
the context of concern that the US is squandering 
its human rights moral authority ­ criticism that 
serves to reinforce the dogma, not challenge it.


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