Are inalienable rights truly inalienable? Can they never be forfeited nor traded away?
In my opinion, an individual forfeits their rights, or perhaps the right to protection/enforcement of their rights, when they violate another’s rights. An example that nearly all of us should agree on is self-defense. If one violates another’s right to life (which I see a real threat of violence as being such a violation), then that person who’s right is being violated has the right to protect themselves, and therefore the violator has forfeited their right to life.
The second case, the case of trading away one’s rights, I am more unsure about. For example, does an individual have a right to enter into a contract that promises a life of servitude or else death, if done so willingly, freely, and without coercion/fraud?
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