Adventures in Positive Rights: On the Rights of Children

Of all the countries in the world, only the US and Somalia have refused to ratify the Convention on Rights of the Child.

Why?

Someone in class suggests: Somalia can’t possibly uphold the terms of this treaty. If Somalia ratified, it would be disingenuous. Somalia’s refusal to ratify is Somalia’s refusal to be a hypocrite.

Professor’s great reply:

I too admire Somalia, and the Somalian government’s integrity to its word. It’s a libertarian paradise over there. Somalians have chased their government into exile, and that’s the only government they have. A paradise for libertarians. Like Lord of the Flies.

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