Had a discussion over the weekend with a friend about the difference between a right and a liberty. He thought they were the same, but I see a difference. To me, a "right" is an inherent aspect of humanity irrespective of government. A right would be a universal aspect of humanity for people in both developed and developing countries. A "liberty" is a freedom to behave in such a way that is either encourage by society at best or passively permitted at worse. With these difference in view, one might have a right to do something, but not the liberty to do it. The right exists; it just exists suppressed. Even when a government recognizes that a right exists, it may not permit its citizens the liberty to exercise that right to the fullest. For example, here in Louisiana we have the right to open carry a firearm, but the liberty to do so is often suppressed because of societal angst. Thoughts?