TITLE

HUMAN RIGHTS AND FOREIGN POLICY: A PROPOSAL

AUTHOR(S)
Buckley Jr., William F.
PUB. DATE
March 1980
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Spring80, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p775
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article proposes the creation of a United States Commission on Human Rights to address problems concerning the human rights policy and foreign policy concerns of the U.S. Although the very idea of human "rights" is firmly rooted in biblical injunction, which asserts a metaphysical equality and enjoys altruism, biblical insights made little political progress over the centuries in which church and state joined in accepting, and even underwriting, civil class distinction at the extreme of which were self assured kings and self-abnegating slaves, never mind that the political phenomenon never challenged, let alone diluted, the theological conviction that both kings and slaves would eventually answer to the same divine tribunal. The United States has had cynical romances with the notion of responsibility for the rights of extra nationals, an insight also biblical in origin. There were those in the U.S. Congress who came close to advocating a punitive expedition against Austria; others considered lesser sanctions; but all in all, Congress engaged in a feisty bout of moral indignation.
ACCESSION #
4854057

 

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