"The public good is in nothing more essentially interested,
than in the protection of every individual’s private rights."
Sir William Blackstone
(1723-1780) English jurist, judge, Tory politician
Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1765-69
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Reader comments about this quote:
 -- Mike, Norwalk      
The premise and foundation of the U.S. could not be stated more clearly.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    And it is clear that today, in 2006 there is no greater threat to the US than the current leaderships assult upon these very premises.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
    I see we have consensus... of course the definition of what an individual's private rights are most likely will differ widely among the above respondents.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    What does Ron Paul think?
     -- Vexari, Indian Shores     
    Just what I was looking for.
     -- Jordan     
    "Individual Rights" ... not collective rights which is an oxymoron anyway. And Reston's observation is even more pertinent today.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    Sure wish the government would quit doing what they claim is for our own public good.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
     -- watchman 13, USA      
    "Private Rights' herein obviously means 'Individual Fundamental Rights'.-- as Right to Life-Honour and Property. ... This - SirWilliam Blackstone's reminder needs to be more and more publicized to wider humanity.
     -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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