. . . listening to the rebroadcast of the Massey Lecture 2001 by Janice Stein: The Cult of Efficiency . . . remembering the 2000 Lecture: the Rights Revoution by Michael Ignatieff . . .
When we see justice done - for example, when an unjustly imprisoned person walks free, when a person long crushed by oppression stands up and demands her right to be heard - we feel a deep emotion rise within us. That emotion is the longing to live in a fair world. Rights may be precise, legalistic, and dry, but they are the chief means by which human beings express this longing. (the Rights Revoution by Michael Ignatieff)