The transition afoot globally. The issue is who will decide when our social contract has been broken. A Global Bill of Rights is the people’s agreement to live together, and the rules they provide to those who govern in exchange for giving those who govern the power to do so. As Rousseau said in 1762, “it is the people who make the machine, the Prince merely operates it.”
The protests in China today with nearly 1 million people taking to the streets to prevent extradition to the mainland from Hong Kong is a reflection of the fight for judicial independence. It should also be remembered when people claim “Asian values” to explain away human rights as if Asians do not want them. You have the people of Hong Kong showing they do what human rights, and they surely are as Asian has their neighbors on the mainland.