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    exist of government?

    Since they exist independently of government, these rights cannot be legislated away...


    in the above sentence, how can I understand "of" or of government?

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    Re: exist of government?

    "outside of" or "without intervention or control by"

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    Re: exist of government?

    The rights do not exist because of the government. They are not dependent upon the government. They exist independently, apart from, distinctly from the gov't.

    The gov't can fail to exist, yet the rights still exist. The gov't can refuse to acknowledge the rights, yet they still exist.

    This is an important principle of the Anglo-American concept of rights. Rights are inherent in the people because they are people. They are not something the gov't gives you. Consequently, they are not something a gov't can legitimately take away.

    They are the peoples' rights. They exist independent of the government.

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