WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 16, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Flex Your Rights
Talk by Michael Kielsky, Counselor & Attorney at Law at Kielsky Rike PLLC

DESCRIPTION:

Kielsky will give a brief overview of the right to remain silent when questioned by police (video and presentation), with a focus on explaining why the exercise of that right is critical and the failure to do so may do irrevocable harm with no corresponding benefit, followed by brief discussion of Objectivist principles that may apply and a contrast to contrary examples from Ayn Rand’s literature.

Some quotes from the Ayn Rand Lexicon for the discussion.

Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals—that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government—that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens’ protection against the government. “The Nature of Government,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 114, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p.101.

Ours was the first government based on and strictly limited by a written document—the Constitution—which specifically forbids it to violate individual rights or to act on whim. The history of the atrocities perpetrated by all the other kinds of governments—unrestricted governments acting on unprovable assumptions—demonstrates the value and validity of the original political theory on which this country was built. “Censorship: Local and Express,” Philosophy: Who Needs It, 181, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p.101.

Man holds these rights, not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective—as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross; . . . these rights are man’s protection against all other men. “Textbook of Americanism,” The Ayn Rand Column, 83, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 213.

The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others. “The Cashing-In: The Student ‘Rebellion,’” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 256, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 216.

The rights of the accused are not a primary—they are a consequence derived from a man’s inalienable, individual rights. A consequence cannot survive the destruction of the cause. What good will it do you to be protected in the rare emergency of a false arrest, if you are treated as the rightless subject of an unlimited government in your daily life? “Moral Inflation,” ARI III, 13, 4, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 423.

WHERE:
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480-516-3281
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