The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - 255 sider
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 folly of some of our most cherished myths about rights, this groundbreaking tract will permanently change the terms of our most critical and contentious political debates.
 

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Brukerevaluering  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This is a book that I thought was a response to the widespread idea in the contemporary United States that taxation is a bad thing that restricts liberty. While it is in some ways that book, it comes ... Les hele vurderingen

THE COST OF RIGHTS: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes

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Offering nuanced ideas, Holmes (Political Science/Princeton and New York Univ. Law School) and Sunstein (Law/Univ. of Chicago) defend modern liberalism in the attention-getting guise of arguing for ... Les hele vurderingen

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All Rights Are Positive
27
The Necessity of Government Performance
41
No Property without Taxation
51
Watchdogs Must Be Paid
69
WHY RIGHTS CANNOT BE ABSOLUTES
77
How Scarcity Affects Liberty
79
How Rights Differ from Interests
91
Enforcing Rights Means Distributing Resources
105
The Unselfishness of Rights
144
Rights as as Response to Moral Breakdown
154
UNDERSTANDING RIGHTS AS BARGAINS
165
How Religious Liberty Promotes Stability
167
Rightholders as Stakeholders
181
Welfare Rights and the Politics of Inclusion
196
THE PUBLIC CHARACTER OF PRIVATE FREEDOMS
212
SOME NUMBERS ON RIGHTS AND THEIR COSTS
225

Why Tradeoffs Are Inescapable
110
WHY RIGHTS ENTAIL RESPONSIBILITIES
125
Have Rights Gone Too Far?
127
NOTES
229
INDEX
239
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Stephen Holmes teaches political science at Princeton University and New York University Law School.

Cass R. Sunstein is a law professor at Harvard Law School and is the most cited law professor in the United States.

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