Obligations may be universal or particular.
Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates, important political questions.
If an individual is born with the obligation to obey, who is born with the right to command?
The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess, and your census form is your ticket.
It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good, healthy, and virtuous lives.
What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults, because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
It is precisely because neither individuals nor small groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation is necessary to human survival and flourishing.