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Whittle away the dense academic prose, and the message of The Cost of Rights is disarmingly simple: as Robert A. Heinlein once put it, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." If legal rights are to be considered meaningful, argue coauthors Stephen Holmes and Cass Sunstein, the existence of a government is required to first establish and then to enforce those rights. R ...more
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Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1999)
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Got redundant, but good lens through which to view and evaluate claims on various liberty interests.
Soha Bayoumi
This is a book that I would highly recommend to all libertarians and fiscal conservatives and to all those who insist on affirming the negative/positive rights dichotomy. It shows clearly that even a minimal "nightwatch" state requires a lot of money and that protecting the basic "negative" rights of citizens (police, judiciary, etc.) requires considerable taxation.
Marvin chester
The subtitle of this book is "Why liberty depends on taxes." Something that is not generally appreciated by the public.
Sucks to think that freedom is not free, but that's what this is about. Maybe.
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Stephen Holmes is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

Holmes' research centers on the history of European liberalism, the disappointments of democracy and economic liberalization after communism, and the difficulty of combating international Salafi terrorism within the bounds of the Constitution and the rule of law. In 1988, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
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