Individual versus public rights

Individualversus public rights


Individualversus public rights

Thelaw defines rights as the powers and privileges that an individualpossesses[ CITATION Cro13 l 1033 ].Most states have rights, but the public takes them for granted.Individual rights comprise of right to life, the right to property,and right to liberty. Moreover, individual rights extend to embracethe rights to freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly[ CITATION McN13 l 1033 ].On the other hand, public rightsinvolve taking away part of the individual’s rights for the purposeof public safety. For instance, people tend to press and demandindividual rights, but more concerned about public safety. Peoplepanic when a public threat such as terrorism or mass shootingincidence happens. In such an incidence, people shout at theauthorities for their public safety. Public rights come into playwhen people give the authorities the mandate to take some of itsindividual’s rights so as to restore order and calm in the society.

Individualrights are crucial in the modern society as they help people defendand protect themselves from people trying to cause harm. On thecontrary, individual rights do not imply that people should misbehaveand commit crimes that violate others’ rights[ CITATION McN13 l 1033 ].Legal and ethical concerns arise as to why the government shouldallow individual rights to exist at the peril of the general public[ CITATION Cro13 l 1033 ].When people sacrifice their rights for public safety, it means thegovernment has every right to track and watch individuals’movement hence crossing privacy lines. Therefore, people should havetheir rights and freedoms to prevent bias and unfair treatment byother people or even by criminal justice systems and organizations.

Individualrights are the reason people live free according to their judgmentwithout interference from other people or the government. Individualrights allow people to act in agreement with their decisions inpursuit of promoting their lives. However, public rights hinderpeople from acting in a particular manner hence limiting human life.Protecting individual rights ensures that a person is safe from thesociety or government oppression. Therefore, protecting an individualmeans protecting the entire society thus peace is maintained in thecommunity. However, if another party violates a person`s rights, itmeans that the community is vulnerable and this may lead to a publicthreat.

Thepresence of justice and legal systems is a clear sign that peoplehave agreed to sacrifice some of their rights for the public good[ CITATION McN13 l 1033 ].However, the law and enforcement agencies have violated the rights ofcertain individuals based on their color, religion, race, andgender[ CITATION Tho15 l 1033 ].The issue of public safety raises eyebrows among the public asindividual rights are violated by the same authorities obligated topeace and calm in towns. In the contemporary world, there has been anintegration of people from all walks of lives from different social,economic, and cultural backgrounds. In such a multicultural society,the legal and justice systems have failed to administer free and fairjustice to all individuals.

Inconclusion, individual rights remain indispensable for theinvestments that bring up a free, innovative, and productive society.In a free society, people work and make just profits depending ontheir efforts rather than exercising unjust political power. Thegovernment should perform the duty of protecting individual rightsand prohibit injustice, fraud, and negative externalities with theaim of maintaining peace and calm.


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