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The Cost of Rights

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As we approach war and, perhaps, further tax cuts, it seems like good time to revisit a book that got little attention when it was first published in 1999. The Cost of Rights, by Stephen Holmes and Cass R. Sunstein, argues that rights are not inalienable, but rather are made possible only by a government funded well enough to protect them. There’s plenty in their argument to cause steam to shoot from the ears of liberals and conservatives alike–one of the signs they are on to something.

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  • Haven’t read the book, but I would say there is a difference between saying that right are inalienable, and that a government is needed to protect them. Just because a corrupt government has taken away your rights doesn’t mean the rights no longer exist.