The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes

The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes

by Stephen Holmes, Cass R. Sunstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393320332

ISBN-13: 9780393320336

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

To "fight for your rights," or anyone else's, is not just to debate principles but to haggle over budgets.
The simple insight that all legally enforceable rights cost money 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. Drawing from these

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To "fight for your rights," or anyone else's, is not just to debate principles but to haggle over budgets.
The simple insight that all legally enforceable rights cost money 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. Drawing from these practical, commonsense notions, The Cost of Rights provides a useful corrective to the all-or-nothing feel of much political debate nowadays (The Economist).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320336
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
781,187
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Introduction: Common Sense about Rights13
Part IWhy a Penniless State Cannot Protect Rights
Chapter 1All Rights Are Positive35
Chapter 2The Necessity of Government Performance49
Chapter 3No Property without Taxation59
Chapter 4Watchdogs Must Be Paid77
Part IIWhy Rights Cannot Be Absolutes
Chapter 5How Scarcity Affects Liberty87
Chapter 6How Rights Differ from Interests99
Chapter 7Enforcing Rights Means Distributing Resources113
Chapter 8Why Tradeoffs Are Inescapable118
Part IIIWhy Rights Entail Responsibilities
Chapter 9Have Rights Gone Too Far?135
Chapter 10The Unselfishness of Rights152
Chapter 11Rights as a Response to Moral Breakdown162
Part IVUnderstanding Rights as Bargains
Chapter 12How Religious Liberty Promotes Stability175
Chapter 13Rightsholders as Stakeholders189
Chapter 14Welfare Rights and the Politics of Inclusion204
Conclusion: The Public Character of Private Freedoms220
AppendixSome Numbers on Rights and Their Costs233
Notes237
Index247

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