Single Idea 20565

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 2. Natural Values / b. Natural equality]

Full Idea

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.


'Inalienable' means you can't give them away

Gist of Idea

Men are created equal, and with certain inalienable rights


Thomas Jefferson (U.S. Declaration of Independence [1775]), quoted by Johanna Oksala - Political Philosophy: all that matters Ch.4

Book Reference

Oksala,Johanna: 'Political Philosophy' [Hodder and Stoughton 2013], p.50

A Reaction

In the context, saying equality and rights are 'natural' is just a way of saying we will fight to the death to defend them. The big modern problem for the U.S. is that nominal equality before the law doesn't ensure equality in society.