In The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Cass Sunstein, distinguished professor of jurisprudence at the University of Chicago, argues that economic security should be a governmentally protected right with the same status as the right to own property and speak one’s mind. Sunstein’s argument rests on a faulty understanding of the distinction between positive rights, which obligate individuals to do something, and negative rights, which obligate them to not do something.

Max Hocutt is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Alabama.
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Other Independent Review articles by Max Hocutt
Fall 2013 The Fruits and Fallacies of Fred Skinner on Freedom
Summer 2012 Rights: Rhetoric versus Reality
Winter 2007/08 In Defense of Herbert Spencer
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