Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

(pix credit; here)The Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has just been posted to the UN's website.  It is, at a minimum a "conversation starter," and in any case something worthy of a careful read and thoughtful response. Professor Alston presents a fundamental challenge (¶¶8-9) that is well worth considering dispassionately in this passionate age: If we are to remain true to core U.S. values–that civil and political rights are the foundation of all human rights and from them flow the scope and protection of social, economic and cultural rights (including the rights to and of religion)–then to what extent have we as a political community well undertaken our responsibility to ourselves and our progeny to ensure that our core values, expressed as our civil and political rights applied within the structures of our constitutional system,  actually…

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