Monty Cantsin wrote:
In all probability deconstruction could lead to reactionary even fascist developments in that, for example human rights are a Universalist ideal system, and therefore a hegemonic construct. If we approach human rights from a radical subjectivist position we undermine the hegemonic concept and thus render it useless.
Dear Monty Cantsin,
This is not a radical subjectivist way of looking at the problem. The human rights social construct does not work because it forces people to accept a legal framework for a social problem. The problem is social. There are “legal solutions” but this is obviously the indirect method, the less preferable method, and if you are a serious anarchist or autonomist, then this method represents an entirely alienated way of looking at other people and the community you want to apply the “solutions” to.
One way of looking at human rights, and “legal justice” in general, is that they are “remedial virtues.” According to anarchists such as myself, the flaw is the absence of more noble virtues like “solidarity” or “brotherhood”. The legal framework and its social constructs (human rights, civil liberties, etc.) are not needed in a community where solidarity is practiced between the people who live in it. If people responded spontaneously to the needs of others out of solidarity or shared goals, there would be no need to claim one’s rights. An increased concern with “legal justice” and “human rights” reflects worsening conditions inside the social milieu, rather than an improvement on those conditions.
– Utopia Or Bust