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Bogart Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:44 PM
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91. As minors, by law, children do not have the autonomy, or the right
to make decisions for themselves in any known jurisdiction on this planet. While it may not be clear to you, most rational people understand that children do not have the intelligence, experience, or emotional development necessary to make their own choices, independent of their parents.

The "caretaker" view of children's rights was articulated by John Locke. According to Locke, all humans are "born infants, weak and helpless, without knowledge or understanding." Therefore, parents were "by the law of Nature, under an obligation to preserve, nourish, and educate the children they had begotten."

Thus, children have what are known as "dependency rights" rights--as dependents, they will be provided with what is required to ensure that they grow and develop into healthy and functioning adults. According to most state laws, upon reaching the age of 18, children become, and are endowed with the rights of adults.

I am very troubled by the fact that so many people hold statist views that you espouse...very troubled.

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