THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY: Today is a reading day in advance of more writing tomorrow (and a finished draft Sunday/Monday). The following was a little vexing to read, though emblematic of a conceptual confusion surrounding human rights:

Start of paragraph 1: "The Universal Declaration [of Human Rights], for example, like any list of human rights, specifies minimum conditions for a dignified life, a life worthy of a human being."

Start of paragraph 2: "Human rights are at once a utopian ideal and a realistic practice for implementing that ideal."

So... human rights are both minimal and utopian? Oy.

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