idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
The UK has a right to silence, yes. As well as due process, an attorney, jury by peers, against cruel and unusual punishment, against unlawful search and seizure without evidence, etc.
Ok. Fair enough. No right to bear arms though. Less rights regarding free speech, privacy, property, etc. I honestly don't feel like going through every minute detail of the respective laws, doubly so on a semi-strawman aspect of the issue. I was speaking more directly of infringements on liberty via property confiscation (taxes), and the much more accepted practice of redistribution of the fruits of the people's labors in the UK compared to the US.
They also have the Right to Education, which we lack--it falls to the parents to provide for a child's education. If a child gets kicked out, then it's on the parent to get them education. And the laws guaranteeing education for special needs children are far from awesome in the US. We also have failed to provide easy access to higher education, especially with regards to minority groups.
They have the Right of Gender Recognition, which we lack. Transsexual peoples are able to amend their birth certificates and marry the opposite gender (which won't matter soon, since they are quickly moving towards allowing for same-sex marriages). It is also important to note that the UK doesn't demand that your sexual organs match your legal gender.
There's also the Right to Housing, which we lack completely. This is the hardest for them to enforce, but it does give legal recourse to people who find themselves homeless, especially if they are a priority candidate.
None of those are rights. Or, more correctly, they are not rights when the involve the state giving
you something. They are rights if we're talking about preventing the state (or another person) from taking those things away.