Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

by Samuel Moyn

Paperback(Reprint)

$17.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

“Samuel Moyn breaks new ground in examining the relationship between human rights and economic fairness. If we don’t address the growing global phenomenon of economic inequality, the human rights movement as we know it cannot survive or flourish.” —George Soros

The age of human rights has been kindest to the rich. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared. In its place, market fundamentalism has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies. In this provocative book, Samuel Moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice.

In a pioneering history of rights stretching back to the Bible, Not Enough charts how twentieth-century welfare states, concerned about both abject poverty and soaring wealth, resolved to fulfill their citizens’ most basic needs without forgetting to contain how much the rich could tower over the rest. In the wake of two world wars and the collapse of empires, new states tried to take welfare beyond its original European and American homelands and went so far as to challenge inequality on a global scale. But their plans were foiled as a neoliberal faith in markets triumphed instead.

Moyn places the career of the human rights movement in relation to this disturbing shift from the egalitarian politics of yesterday to the neoliberal globalization of today. Exploring why the rise of human rights has occurred alongside enduring and exploding inequality, and why activists came to seek remedies for indigence without challenging wealth, Not Enough calls for more ambitious ideals and movements to achieve a humane and equitable world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674241398
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 793,494
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Samuel Moyn is Professor of Law and Professor of History at Yale University. His interests range widely over international law, human rights, the laws of war, and legal thought in both historical and contemporary perspective. He has published several books and writes in venues such as Boston Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, New Republic, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Jacobin Legacy: The Origins of Social Justice 12

2 National Welfare and the Universal Declaration 41

3 FDR's Second Bill 68

4 Globalizing Welfare after Empire 89

5 Basic Needs and Human Rights 119

6 Global Ethics from Equality to Subsistence 146

7 Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom 173

Conclusion: Croesus's World 212

Notes 223

Acknowledgments 265

Index 269

Customer Reviews