I’m a bit late in pointing up this insightful column by James Rogers about the meaning of an inalienable right.  We read the Declaration of Independence at the beginning of our constitutional law class this year, passing over its language about “unalienable Rights,” but I did not think to ask Professor Rogers’s question.  I’ll certainly do so next year, as the notion that there are rights that cannot be given away even voluntarily is a worthwhile provocation with which to launch the class.

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