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Rights are independent

"Do human rights exist independent of human society?" Yes.

In Mark Kantrowitz's column in the Tech ["Our human rights have been created by society," Oct. 8], he poses this question but with a different answer. To say that society grants human rights is putting the cart before the horse. Societies are created by man. They are a manifestation of man's needs and desires. The only powers societies have are those given to them by man. This means that the "power to grant rights" comes from man not society. Therefore man, by his very existence, must have certain rights.

Societies are formed, not out of altruism, but out of the self-interest of man. One man alone may have a tough struggle to survive, while many together can ensure survival. But living together poses many problems. There are no visible borders to let one know if he is encroaching upon another's rights. Therefore societies (rules) are formed with the intent to help protect the already existing rights of the individual. This then should be the starting point of any discussion of societies: man has rights independent of societies and societies were created to serve man, not the other way around.

Perry Lee Anthony G->