Individualism regards the individual as a sovereign being (an end in oneself) with an inalienable right to life.
Individual RightsIndividual rights are principles that form the bridge between individual morality and the ethical principles governing society.
“Rights are moral principles sanctioning an individual’s freedom of action in a social context.” — Ayn Rand
“A right,” as defined by Ayn Rand, “is a moral principle defining an individual’s freedom of action in a social context.”
The right to life is the fundamental right from which all other rights logically derive.
Inalienable means the right may not be alienated from the person who possesses them.
Rights are not guarantees for successful action but are only guarantees to freedom of action.
Rights belong to each individual equally by their nature as a rational being.
Individual rights are not self-evident but are objective discoveries.
Individual rights are not permissions granted by the government.
Rights apply to all individuals equally, as no right — properly defined — contradicts any other right.
Censorship means the suppression of speech by, and only by, the government. Its chief concern is political speech.