A free society is predicated upon certain rights of the individual. Without these certain unalienable rights, a given society cannot be considered free. However, the simple possession of said rights will not secure a free society. Maintenance of those rights requires responsibility on the part of all citizens.
Once a society loses its nature of responsibility, those rights will shift into a different kind of delegation. A responsible society possesses negative rights, or restrictions on the government; thus empowering the people over the government. However, we must first identify the rights of the free society. Then, we must identify the rights of a society that believes it is free, but really is not.
So, what are these certain rights that are essential to a free society? These are the negative rights, the restrictions on governmental activity to ensure voluntary interaction, free enterprise, and protection of private property. Here is an…
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