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The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes
     

The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes

by Stephen Holmes
 

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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

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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:
9780393344325
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
505 KB

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Stephen Holmes teaches political science at Princeton University and New York University Law School.
Cass R. Sunstein teaches law and political science at the University of Chicago.

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