Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State

Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State

by David Kelley
     
 
The welfare state rests on the assumption that people have rights to food, shelter, health care, retirement income, and other goods provided by the government. Philosopher David Kelley examines the historical origins of that assumption and the rationale used to support it today. That rationale, he shows, is deeply flawed. Welfare 'rights' are incompatible with

Overview

The welfare state rests on the assumption that people have rights to food, shelter, health care, retirement income, and other goods provided by the government. Philosopher David Kelley examines the historical origins of that assumption and the rationale used to support it today. That rationale, he shows, is deeply flawed. Welfare 'rights' are incompatible with freedom, justice, and true benevolence and have damaged the genuine welfare of those who can least afford to become dependent on the government.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882577705
Publisher:
Cato Institute
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.70(d)

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