Escape from Alcatraz

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6 Responses

  1. Margaret Nelson says:

    What do you mean?

    • HUGH MANN says:

      Isn’t the basic platform for Human Rights ‘FREEDOM’.
      It is my right as a Human to be able to roam and explore the earth without answering to anyone! This freedom just does not exist and without it ‘Human Rights’ is just an empty statement.
      The Government is currently trying to implement an I.D. card system (conveniently starting with imigrants, which surely goes against ‘free movement’)
      Next we can micro chip young children so we can keep tabs on everyone!!!

      • Nathan says:

        Hugh, I take it from your comments that you disapprove of the use of ID cards. You’ll find an active website at http://www.no2id.net/ which echoes your concerns and campaigns on precisely this issue.

        Humanists would, by definition, argue for human freedom and human rights, ergo Humanists may be opposed to the implementation of ID cards on the grounds that they curtail individual freedoms – but this is a matter for the conscience of the individual, I can’t speak for everyone.

        Many Humanists may also describe themselves as pragmatists, and simply object to ID cards because they are an absurdly expensive project that will not provide any kind of guarantee of national security in the UK.

        You say that it is your right to be able to roam and explore the Earth without answering to anyone – well, yes, but we don’t really live in that world. We have the reality of geopolitical and cultural boundaries to consider, and while human rights are those basic rights and freedoms to which all individuals are entitled, these aren’t unlimited.

  2. HUGH MANN says:

    Thanks for the info on the ‘NO2ID’ website.
    Of course I undertand my comments on ‘Right to Roam’ are idealistic and highly unlikely to materialise but I feel these simple freedoms don’t really exist on a much smaller scale. I was born in a small village and every part of that village is owned by someone!!! I find it difficult to see how a Humanist can live in that village. (does that make sense to anyone?)

  3. Margaret Nelson says:

    It doesn’t make sense to me. A Humanist can live anywhere. Freedom is a relative concept, but the mind can be free, wherever you are.

    • HUGH MANN says:

      oooh! that sounds a little scary to me…
      So if in the future our actual freedom becomes less viable at least we will be able to daydream……….

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