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Could the United Nations ever be used to promote individual rights and freedom and deregulate countries or is that impeding on the sovereignty of other nations, basically is the UN useless and how do we create a world more conducive to free markets and respect for life and property?

asked Jul 29 '12 at 19:05

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edited Jul 30 '12 at 18:52

Hi, TheBucket: Again, can you please respect the needs of the site and not use a mere category or discussion topic for your question title?

(Jul 29 '12 at 19:52) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image

Is the UN a topic, because if it is I will not use it, thanks

(Jul 30 '12 at 18:48) TheBucket TheBucket's gravatar image

Questions of course have topics like "The UN", but topics aren't questions. If it isn't a proper subject-predicate sentence with a question-mark at the end, you're probably doing it wrong. ;^)

(Jul 30 '12 at 19:07) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image
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There is only one way to foster a world more conducive to free markets with respect for individuals' lives and their property rights: advocate a morality that would lead necessarily to that type of society. In other words, by advocating a morality of rational self interest, i.e. the ethics of Objectivism.

It's a slow process but there really are no short cuts, for evidence see the United States of America. While she was built on respect for the individual, his property and the freedom to trade, all of this has rested on the morality of altruism and thus her freedoms have continued to recede, bit by bit, along the slippery slope of "the public good".

Certainly some kind of short cut such as a powerful UN that tramples on the rights of sovereign nations does not make sense. I only wish the UN were merely "useless", i.e. benign, unfortunately it is much worse than that.

answered Jul 31 '12 at 12:24

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edited Jul 31 '12 at 12:24

I'm not arguing whether the UN is bad or good right now but rather if it can be used as a tool in some respect to facilitating free trade and individual rights; if the UN was run by "us" would we be able to us it?

(Jul 31 '12 at 14:37) TheBucket TheBucket's gravatar image

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