Human Rights Vs. Democratic Countries Essay

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As stated in Chapter 1, this study examines the how human rights compare in Communist and Democratic countries. This chapter is organized by the three sub-questions used to explore and answer the main question. The study first examines Communist and Democratic ideas about human rights; then moves on to explain what human rights in Communist and Democratic countries are protected by natural laws; and finally explores what human rights are protected by positivist laws in Communist and Democratic countries. How do Communist and Democratic governments view human rights? Communism view human rights as harmful to the concept of utopia and self serving instead of serving the community. Human rights are “the rights of an egoistic man, separated from his fellow men and from the community” (Spagnoli, 2010). The Neo-Communist Manifesto finds human rights to allow the acquisition of private property unhindered by a commitment and need to help fellow men. In the context of Communism, human rights also promote actions independent of society, allows for class discrimination, and oppress the poor. In contrast, Communism views human rights as positive in that they impose on human kind the duty for citizens to do something (Spagnoli, 2010). Action is called for to protect and provide for others the things that are rightfully theirs according to human rights. In a Democratic society, human rights are central to a Democratic ideology and the way a Democratic country is run. Laws and policies…

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