"Whatever natural right men may have to freedom and independency,
it is manifest that some men have a natural ascendency over others."
Sir Fulke Greville
(1554-1628) Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and English statesman, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke
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On its face, WHAT ? ? ? WHATEVER natural right men MAY have ? ? ? Freedom and independency being inherent conditions in the being, man - rights being inalienable, there is NO lawful ascendency over others, natural or otherwise. In a de jure body politic of freedom and independency, servants are individual sovereigns contracted to protect the rights of all sovereign individuals, even over their masters - all being equal before the law. Ascendency over others is a legal positivism government of men, not a government of law.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    You can bet that this guy was a member of the English upper crust.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    This mindset is common among the 'leaders' of society. It is no less prevalent today than during the dark ages. The American revolution was a war against this very idea.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    "Although men are born with inherent/inalienable rights to freedom and liberty, it is manifest that some men are willing to ignore that in order to enslave others."

    ... fixed.
     -- Matthew, People's Republic of California     
    Matthew, I like it!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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