Perhaps the sublimest achievement of the Western World is the development of the notion that all human beings have immutable, imperishable basic rights, rights that trump all other interests, rights that cannot be denied or trampled upon except through injustice and barbarity. These rights of individuals include political rights, civil rights, and social rights.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "Indestructible Unalienable Rights" (2010). Popular Media. Paper 65.