- Series: Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.; 1st Edition edition (February 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865977836
- ISBN-13: 978-0865977839
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Political Philosophy, Clearly: Essays on Freedom and Fairness, Property and Equalities (Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay) Paperback – February 26, 2010
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Jasay asserts that liberties and rights are dissimilar shows that many artificial claims of "rights" conflict with natural liberties. Calling things that people desire--food, medical care, housing, education, etc.--rights is at the heart of the destruction of limited government in America. Politicians will build voting coalitions for improved reelection prospects by conferring new rights that entail taking property and liberty coercively from some people to make other (favored) people better off.
The U.S.'s lamentable experience with the laudable intention of our founders that federal governmental power could be contained by the bulwark of our Consitution strongly supports Jasay's position. Other international examples of these phenomena might include the European Union or the United Nations. This is a meaty book for serious readers.