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World from the Spanish conquerors. He argued against Juan Gines de Sepulveda who believed that Indians should be treated inferior because they had not achieved advanced culture like the Europeans had. Juan Gines de Sepulveda believed that because they were inferior barbarians, this justified their enslavement. Spitzer asserts that the rationale that Juan Gines de Sepulveda adopted has been used throughout history as a justification for genocide and enslavement. Principle 7: The Principle of Natural Rights- All human beings possess in themselves (by virtue of their existence alone) the inalienable rights of life, liberty and property ownership; no government gives these rights, and no government can take them away. Spitzer uses principle number seven when talking about the Dred Scott decision in the Supreme Court. When deciding that people of African descent are “a subordinate and inferior class of beings”. The Supreme Court never mentions or even implies the existence of natural rights. The justices thought that they did not need to defend the natural rights of human beings, but only to determine whether this class of human beings had constitutional rights. This decision violates principle number seven because the Supreme Court believed they had the right to authorize who has natural rights. Principle 8: The Principle of the Fundamentality of Rights- The more fundamental right is the one which is necessary for the possibility of the other; where there is a conflict, we should resolve in favor of the more fundamental right.
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