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Society

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 203–209 | Cite as

The Tragedy of Human Rights: Liberalism and the Loss of Belonging

  • Adam B. SeligmanEmail author
  • David W. Montgomery
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Abstract

We argue here that human rights are as much the problem as they are the solution to the contemporary challenge of constructing civil society, observing that the seemingly inherent long-term social and political consequences of close to half a century of advocating human rights to the exclusion of other components of human good and fulfillment have been at the expense of any sense of shared belonging. Delineating between rights and belonging, we show how the extreme right has latched on to a tangible argument for belonging while the left has responded by continuing to advocate for abstract, universal, and unencumbered human rights to the detriment of its efforts to build civil society.

Keywords

Belonging Community Trust Confidence Human rights Difference 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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