10 Lines of Dialogue I

by Words and Chaos

This first one is from the perspective of a person who doesn’t believe oxygen is a human right, and would be better as a privatised commodity, and sold to consumers in tanks.

‘Can we commoditise oxygen?’

‘You don’t necessarily have the right to oxygen.’

‘Why shouldn’t we commoditise oxygen?’

‘You earn everything else you have in life, so why not air?’

‘If we paid money for air, companies could use that money to fund air improvement facilities. The possibilities of chemical-air-enhancement, funded by money from privatising oxygen to be sold in tanks, are enormous!’

‘If human rights really existed in the natural order, humans would not starve or suffer from a lack of clean water. They would have access to basic health care, birth control, or any number of other so-called ‘rights’. But a lot of them don’t. Given that all human rights are not objectively existent, would it not be logical to conclude that the right to air depends only on an individual’s perspective?’

‘If one could artificially improve the quality of air, would that air be a basic right?’

‘Arguably, the air we have now, especially the air available in dense urban areas, is so bad that it has been said that the air, in its current condition, is an attack on human rights! When seen from that perspective, it is surely better to sell you air in tanks. Oxygen is a resource, like oil, that should be commercially controlled by a trustworthy corporation.’

‘It’s great for the economy! It would help the environment, it would help the flow and circulation of capital, it would create jobs. It would instil a desire to work, in those without a steady source of employment or income. Add together, these are benefits that far outweigh the, frankly, nebulous concept of human rights.’

‘The market competition, and financial power, of a privatised oxygen industry, is too great a benefit to overlook. It is a far more pragmatic system to work with, than the relativistic nuances of ideological humanitarianism.’

 

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