Handout A: What Kind of Right?
A natural right is a right that comes from our human nature. Humans are born with natural rights and do not need anyone to act on their behalf in order to exercise them. (For this reason they are also called negative rights.) Privileges, on the other hand, are rights conferred by civil society. These may vary through times and places, because, unlike natural rights, they are given by government.
Mark whether each is a natural right, a privilege, or neither.
|Freedom of religion||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Serving on a jury||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Remaining silent||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Holding a parade on public streets||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Choosing a line of work||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Running for office||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Not hearing offensive words||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Freedom from unreasonable searches||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Refusing to purchase certain goods||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|
|Shouting down a controversial speaker||Natural Right||Privilege||Neither|