The Collectivist movement has confused mankind throughout the course of history by not making the proper distinction between a right and entitlement. The collectivist movement within the United States, (and I specifically say the Untied States because that is our primary concern but this is true of the universal collectivist movement) would have us believe that entitlements are rights. Consequently, we are told that health care is a right, that education is a right, that a basic income is a right, and that income and wealth equality are rights and are mandated, within the United States by the Constitution, and universally by the power of any government.
The concept of natural rights was discussed by people such as Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke. A distinguishing feature of Natural rights or rights is that they are not granted by man or government, they are not enhanced by man or government, and they were always presented as not to be controlled by or limited by man or government. These rights, commonly referred to as Life, Liberty, and Property, existed prior to government and were and continue to be separate from the purview of government. An individual having a natural right is not dependent upon another individual nor does one individual having a natural right take from another individual. My right to liberty is totally independent of your right to liberty.
Common definition of Natural Rights
Natural rights are those that are not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture or government, and so are universal and inalienable (they cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws).
An entitlement is based on the laws of man and is totally under the purview of government. The individual who receives an entitlement and the individual who sacrifices so another can receive the entitlement is determined by government. An individual can receive only if another individual is penalized or taxed.
Definition of entitlement by the United States Senate
entitlement - A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
When we are told for example that health care is a right, this is a lie and we are intentionally being deceived by the collectivist. History has shown that collectivists want entitlements to be perceived as rights by the general population so those receiving will become dependent upon the collectivist and those contributing will be shamed into believing their exercise of their natural rights are greedy and taking from another. The collectivist has used this deceit to gain power and control over the masses to enhance their power and life of luxury.
A society that cherishes freedom for all, protects and defends natural rights while limiting or eliminating any government entitlements. This society has a “safety net system” and “welfare system” that is in control of families and the natural goodness and charitable attitudes of the people of a free society. A society that adheres to the concept of limited government will remain a free and prosperous nation with a high standard of living for all and a very low percentage of the population considered to be living in poverty.
A society that strives for a society dominated by government entitlements, must take from the innovator and job creator to redistribute to the general public under the guise that these entitlements are rights. This has very often been referred to as “Hope and Change.” What history has proven is that the promise of “Hope and Change” has ended with an enslaved population that has willing become servants to a tyrannical few who not only control and limit the entitlements of the servants. These tyrannical few also believe natural rights are also under their purview and come to control life, liberty, and property of all. This course always ends with the general population living in an equal status of poverty.
As you listen to the promises being made by the many collectivists in the United States today, remember that an entitlement is not a right but is a means to control and enslavement of all but the tyrannical few. When the tyrannical few have accomplished the enslavement of the masses, they will, based on history, also believe they are the grantor of natural rights, your right to life, liberty, and property.