Problem

Overemphasis on individual rights

Nature:
The emphasis on the rights of the individual in the modern industrial era has generated a folklore in which care for the individual is often at the expense of the individual's obligations towards the wider context.
Incidence:
For example, large labour unions act to maintain the unemployment, sickness and retirement benefits of their members at levels that cannot be guaranteed by current and future production earnings.
Claim:
Society has concentrated on individual rights to such a degree that it has devalued the sense of responsibility without which communities cannot exist. Rights have been used as trump cards to neutralize all other positions, making reasoned argument impossible.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Individuals
Policy
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET