Natural Right to Travel – From a Thought Leader

My first post on this blog was about the Natural Rights, and specifically the Natural Right to Travel.  This blog’s goal is to help enhance that right and share insights to help folks travel to places they never would have been able to afford otherwise.

Incidentally, one of the greatest thought leaders of our time, Judge Andrew Napolitano (former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and currently a FoxNews contributor) published an article yesterday on the natural right to travel.  Here is a link.

He brings up many of the points I shared in my first post.  However, he is a much more elegant writer.  I like this except (emphasis mine):

This view of the natural law is sweet to the heart and pleasing to the ear when politicians praise it at patriotic events, but it is also a bane to them when it restrains their exercise of the coercive powers of the government. Thus, since the freedom of speech, the development of personality, the right to worship or not to worship, the right to use technologically contemporary means for self-defense, the right to be left alone, and the right to own and use property all stem from our humanity, the government simply is without authority to regulate human behavior in these areas, no matter what powers it purports to give to itself and no matter what crises may occur. Among the rights in this category is the freedom of movement, which today is called the right to travel.

The right to travel is an individual personal human right, long recognized under the natural law as immune from governmental interference. Of course, governments have been interfering with this right for millennia. The Romans restricted the travel of Jews; Parliament restricted the travel of serfs; Congress restricted the travel of slaves; and starting in the late 19th century, the federal government has restricted the travel of non-Americans who want to come here and even the travel of those already here. All of these abominable restrictions of the right to travel are based not on any culpability of individuals, but rather on membership in the groups to which persons have belonged from birth

Along with travel, one of my other favorite natural rights it the right to be left alone.  If I am minding my business, no agent of government has a right to stop me, question me, detain me, or hinder my travels.  Any such act (roadblock, papers checkpoint, TSA) is a violation of my natural rights, and akin to a schoolyard bully picking on his conquests at the playground.

While we are stuck with the reality of government interference in our travel, we shall make the best of it. What are your thoughts on the natural rights, and the natural right to travel?



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