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The cost of rights : why liberty depends on taxes

Author: Stephen Holmes; Cass R Sunstein
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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All legally enforceable rights cost money. A practical, commonsense notion? Yes, but one ignored by almost everyone, from libertarian ideologues to Supreme Court justices to human rights advocates. The simple insight that rights are expensive reminds us that freedom is not violated by a government that taxes and spends, but requires it - and requires a citizenry vigilant about how money is allocated. Laying bare the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Holmes; Cass R Sunstein
ISBN: 0393046702 9780393046700
OCLC Number: 39887062
Description: 255 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: All rights are positive --
The necessity of government performance --
No property with taxation --
Watchdogs must be paid --
How scarcity affects liberty --
How rights differ from interests --
Enforcing rights means distributing resources --
Why tradeoffs are inescapable --
Have rights gone too far? --
The unselfishness of rights --
Rights as a response to moral breakdown --
How religious liberty promotes stability --
Rightsholders as stakeholders --
Welfare rights and the politics of inclusion.
Responsibility: Stephen Holmes and Cass R. Sunstein.

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The insights that rights are expensive is a reminder that freedom isn't violated by a government that taxes and spends. Freedom requires such government and requires a citizenry vigilant about how  Read more...

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