Less is equally correct. Fewer rights would mean the total number is reduced, less would indicate the amount overall has decreased. Fewer glasses of water on the table after one is taken away, less water on the table after I drink out of my glass. I think you’ve said that with too much certainty. I’m having trouble thinking of another case in which a countable noun converts to a mass noun. With other words I can think of, like privilege and benefit, we say, e.g., “fewer benefits” or “less benefit” (though probably “less total benefit”).Equal rights for others does not mean less right for you T-Shirt I think we might need to rephrase it to “less entitlement” or similar. I considered “less freedom,” but rights tend to be broader. The absence of a good synonym makes “less rights” tempting for sure. I’m not sure that it’s wrong, but I’m skeptical.
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Rights can be reduced or restricted without removing them entirely. Many of these are cases of rights being restricted, not eliminated entirely. As an example, the difference between abortions being illegal and abortions being more difficult to safely access. Equal rights for others does not mean less right for you T-Shirt You’d need to say “lessened” or “diminished” rights, since it’s a thing that would be done to the rights. Saying “less rights” doesn’t convey the idea of the rights being reduced, it conveys the idea of their number being reduced. Yeah, no shit. And we all know that there’s a difference between water and a glass of water. That’s not the point. You’ve been awfully pedantic in these two posts of yours while simultaneously being – I believe – wrong on the minor grammar technicality.
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The broken parallel in the structure of your second sentence demonstrates exactly why you can’t use “less” here: it doesn’t work with the plural nouns “glasses” and “rights”, in the same way that “fewer” doesn’t work with the uncountable noun “water”. Yeah, you’re not taking into account Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana, Virginia or any former Confederate State who were (and still are) willing to shed blood for that exact right. …and the Republican party turns a blind eye, even gives tacit approval, to get powers and votes. Go Republicans. Equal rights for others does not mean less right for you T-Shirt Not all racists, but it’s never a deal breaker either. They’re not rights if they can be taken away but if people don’t come correct a few basic rights can be suspended until they wisen up to the fact they live in a society. All via due process of course.