The rights of man return

A few people have asked my how my recent account of the history of human rights connects to the contemporary events in Middle Eastern politics. While I have no expertise with respect to the latter, I have a new post at Dissent magazine applying to the events a distinction between the rights of man and human rights on which my book is based. In short, contemporary affairs seems like a return of the former, little explained by — and not much connected to — the latter.

 

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