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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/10072/rights-for-robots/

Rights for Robots

June 4, 2009 by

Sir Ernest Benn: I understand that in the United States there are still those who think that the machinery of government can be used as a substitute for personal responsibility on the part of the governed. This idea, as we know only too well in Britain, is the open road to disaster. It changes persons with responsibilities into robots with rights. FULL ARTICLE


ShedPlant June 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

Great speech.

Enjoy Every Sandwich June 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

Alas, we chose….poorly.

Current June 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

Unfortunately much of the rest of the Benn family were socialists.

John Benn, William Wedgewood Benn, Tony Benn and Hillary Benn were or are all prominent members of the Labour party. Each of that list were father and son, starting with John Benn who was born in 1850, Hillary Benn was born in 1953. The last three of that list were ministers of various Labour governments.

I think there are two lessons here. Firstly, occasionally talk to your family about politics. Secondly, Socialists may opposes privilege with words but they don’t mean it.

xWARMONKEYx June 4, 2009 at 11:50 am

Awesome article! Amazing how relevant to the current times.

EricJ June 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm

What an incredible speech.

Solomon June 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Impressive; most of the major criticisms of socialism condensed into one cogent article.

Nuke Gray June 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

So this Benn is the one white lamb in a family of black sheep?

P.M.Lawrence June 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

“So this Benn is the one white lamb in a family of black sheep?”

No. The family had earlier members who built up the family fortunes that allowed later generations the scope to indulge their views without suffering the consequences. One notable one was the 18th century entrepreneur Josiah Wedgewood who built up the potteries and funded canal building for its synergy in getting his products to wider markets (formerly they had to be carried expensively by mules to minimise breakage from carting on poor roads).

Mac June 5, 2009 at 5:55 am

I thought there was something familiar about Benn. I knew of Tony Benn, and he’s an out-and-out socialist democrat. I’ve heard him on a BBC program or two. His ideas were mostly mush, but his intentions just sounded so sympathetic.

I guess Garet Garrett was right: wealth and privilege do allow the offspring to indulge in weird political ideas.


Current June 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

The Benn’s are related to the Wedgwood family. But, as I understand it that isn’t where they got their money from.

John Benn started a furniture magazine. His sons, Ernest Benn and William Wedgwood Benn continued in the publishing business.

They employed Victor Gollancz and published some famous novelists including H.G.Wells. See:-


P.M.Lawrence June 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Yes and no. Money married money, with the result that it didn’t leak away over generations. And money is fungible, meaning you can’t fully and specifically connect one place it started with another where it ended up if they are joined in a stream somewhere. So yes, others put in the wealth creation that went to the Benns – but no, the other ancestors mattered as well. Here, I just gave Josiah Wedgewood for purposes of illustration.

شات صوتي March 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

So this Benn is the one white lamb in a family of black sheep?

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