The Cost of Rights : Why Liberty Depends on Taxes
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).
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 140 x 208 x 18mm | 299.37g
- 17 Apr 2000
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
All legally enforceable rights cost money. A practical, commonsense notion? Yes, but one ignored by almost everyone, from libertarian ideologues to Supreme Court justices to human rights advocates. The simple insight that rights are expensive 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. Laying bare the folly of some of our most cherished myths about rights, this groundbreaking tract will permanently change the terms of our most critical and contentious political debates.
About Stephen Holmes
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.