Classical Liberalism and the Problem of Race in America

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The inspiring words of the Declaration of Independence hailed a transformative conception of the human condition by declaring that all men were created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

They did not say that such rights only belonged to those living in the British colonies of North America. It was not claimed that these rights belonged only to English speakers, or those of a particular religious faith, or members of some racial or ethnic group. The words are declarative and unequivocal, and universal. These are rights that belong to every human being. Period

 Richard M. Ebeling

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