December 07, 2006


Caption: We've been sheep long enough. (Full disclosure: these are Vermont sheep, which explains why they say "Jeezum Crow" a lot.)

Fifty eight years ago this coming Sunday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It would probably be the understatement of the century to say that we may have some compliance issues here.

But then the thing about human rights is that even if they are God-given, you have to take them.

Speaking of which, in addition to basic political and civil rights, the UN Declaration also calls for basic economic human rights for all:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…

Everyone has the right to work…and to protection against unemployment.

Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of protection.

Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age, or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control…

All Children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection…

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized…

El Cabrero is tempted to ask "How's that coming?" but we'd have to ask ourselves...

Next time: FDR--peace be unto him--on an Economic Bill of Rights.


1 comment:

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for the reminder of Sunday's anniversary. I fear we still have far to go.