July 2017 . . . .

“Vocabulary Lesson, Day 1”
     Interesting word problem — is healthcare a right or a privilege?

     I suppose that this depends on what you think rights are, have been, or should be. All good questions. I think that “privilege” and “right” might be difficult words to use in a critical discussion. They are fraught with political baggage — seemingly simple words which in the past were used to communicate clear messages now wrapped inexorably in agenda and opinion.

     Or were they? Were these and other words like them ever clean, crisp concepts with universally agreed-on definitions? Did Samuel and John Adams — second cousins and contemporary firebrands of liberty — ever disagree on the finer points of jumping out of Britain’s nest? I think that they did.



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