This article is the second in a series of three articles on the rights of a society. For the previous post, click here.
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.
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 overview of what those essential negative…
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