In ancient times, mankind roamed field and forest with the animals in an era of unconstrained Natural Rights. Today, in a totally social environment, limits on behavior are prudently imposed by custom and government, inspiring disagreement about the nature and extent of those restrictions.
Natural Rights, a consecutive gift of God and society, are greatly diminished by most nations, modestly diminished in America where we've lived unprecedentedly free lives enviable to most peoples even today. No surprise, a few latter day American philosophers, immersed in liberty their entire lives, now see that liberty as boundless, an inviolable gift of God or, more often, of atheos, the Greek un-god.
Libertarians, expanding on the principles of Ayn Rand and others, clamor vociferously in demand for their espoused liberalism according to Philip Vander Elst in the pamphlet "Libertarianism, A Christian Critique," published by The Christian Institute.
(Libertarians espouse, he says,) "... there are no moral or cultural absolutes: all forms of sexuality, 'marriage,' family structures and 'lifestyles' are equally valid ... so long as they result from freedom of choice....;
"Since individuals have an absolute right to do what they like with their ... bodies ... there should ... be no restrictions on the consumption or sale (at least by adults) of drugs, pornography ... and other perverse... forms of 'entertainment.'
"The right to personal liberty is absolute so long as its exercise does not infringe upon the rights of others.'"
Advocacy of unrestrained liberty has powerful appeal. Yet we know that liberty is socially redundant; carries the germ of its own destruction! Good behavior strengthens the social fabric, perverse behavior weakens. We are no longer animals of the field. Society is now our domain, and we would suffer terribly outside its confines. The libertine can exert no greater harm upon his neighbor than to conspire in the destruction of society!
Ignoring the fact that their principles have undermined the social efficiency and grace that prevailed during and prior to the early 20th century, a minority constituency still insists that unlimited rights be granted to anyONE to do anyTHING, further undermining democracy and social stability, unwittingly inflicting great harm upon friends, neighbors, and enemies.
Does unconstrained behavior truly work to the destruction of society?
Let there be no doubt. It is dramatically evident today from the statistics on crime, suicide, divorce, drug abuse, late term abortion, civic and domestic violence, child pornography .... When did these criteria begin to go into decline in America? When we legislated privilege into law in the early 20th century. When philosophical zealots seized privilege and named it a "right" to which Americans were entitled WITHOUT LIMIT. Since individuals have an absolute right to do what they like... [See quotes above.]
Liberty -- Natural Rights -- must be judiciously limited if democracy is to survive!