Individual Rights vs. Social Responsibility
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This paper discusses the legal case, 'Roe v. Wade', and the Patriot Act to examine the issue of individual rights and social responsibility. The paper distinguishes between individual rights, with the case of Roe v. Wade, a United States Supreme Court case that found that a women's right to abortion was fundamental and could only be restricted if there was a compelling state interest and social responsibility and the Patriot Act, which was passed following 9/11 and which is an example of when social responsibility takes priority over individual liberty. The paper then discusses the need for individuals to give up part of their freedom and some of their rights in order to benefit and protect society as a whole. The paper also stresses that a balance in individual rights and social responsibility is important for the growth of a community and for the betterment of the country.
From the Paper:"Civilized human society operates through the idea of a social contract. Individuals give up part of their freedoms and some of their rights in order to benefit and protect society as a whole. The essential provision of the social contract is cooperation. One of the aims of a social contract is a stable society. In a civilized society, individual rights in certain situations will not have priority over the protection of the whole. In the United States a balancing act has been accomplished without the extremes of a police state. Even in our society there is conflict between individual rights and social responsibility."
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- Social Responsibility (2005) Wikepedia. Retrieved on September 10, 2005 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_responsibility
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