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[d@DCC] The Tyranny of Rights book launch in Ottawa

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Cc: GOSLING members in Ottawa <ottawa-gosling -_at_- list.goslingcommunity.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:10:11 -0400 (EDT)

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   Forwarding an announcement of a book launch that may be of interest to 
the members of these lists.

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CELEBRATE BREWSTER KNEEN'S NEW BOOK, THE TYRANNY OF RIGHTS

OCTOBER 7,  4:30 - 6:30 P.M.

PARLIAMENT PUB, 101 SPARKS ST. (CASH BAR)

MEET THE AUTHOR -- DISCUSS THE ISSUES!  IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT, PLEASE
EMAIL BREWSTER TO GET A BOOK(S) AT $20 EACH

   RSVP to brewster at ramshorn period ca

PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED. THANK YOU!


In this provocative book, Brewster Kneen asks why the demand for rights –
human rights, intellectual property rights, the right to save seed, the
right to food – has become such a dominant strategy of movements for social
and economic justice. As he discusses this question, he uncovers ways in
which the concept and language of rights imposes an individualistic and
legalistic approach on other civilizations and ways of thinking.

Brewster points out that a demand for a right is made to an authority which
is deemed to have the ability (though not necessarily the intention) to
grant the right. This automatically puts those claiming a right in a
position of subservience to that authority. Such a situation is particularly
poignant for those, like Indigenous peoples, for whom ‘rights’ are secondary
to responsibilities and relationships, but who nevertheless find themselves
using the rights language as the only way to communicate with an imperial or
colonial legal system.

He also notes that while this legal system may indeed grant a right – as in
the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights – that does not mean that the
right will actually be fulfilled. The right to food, he says, is an empty
bowl, which if it is filled, may be found to contain the products of an
industrial system which provide no nourishment.

In referring to this as a tyranny, Brewster intends to spark dialogue and
debate about the concept of ‘rights’ and the best ways to achieve genuine
justice and equity among people and the Creation we inhabit.


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