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4.0 out of 5 stars A false distinction
The authors make a valiant attempt to remove an artificial distinction between 'rights' and 'entitlements' , a distinction often used by right wing commentators to add moral stature to right wing parties chosen methodology of rewarding their constituency. The point is obvious, freedoms, like benefits, incur costs, borne by society as a whole. The political debate...
Published on 14 Jun. 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Obvious Book
This book is correct that even limited government types view some government as necessary and that this requires some taxes for government to fulfill its role. Conservatives support property rights and this frequently requires government protection (though not always). But even after reading this book I fail to see where the problem is. Government has costs and...
Published on 21 Mar. 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars A false distinction, 14 Jun. 1999
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The authors make a valiant attempt to remove an artificial distinction between 'rights' and 'entitlements' , a distinction often used by right wing commentators to add moral stature to right wing parties chosen methodology of rewarding their constituency. The point is obvious, freedoms, like benefits, incur costs, borne by society as a whole. The political debate should therefore always be a question of cost and benefit, rather than some idealised debate about rights or entitlements. The authors take a long time to explain this point, but given previous reviews, perhaps not long enough.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Obvious Book, 21 Mar. 1999
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This book is correct that even limited government types view some government as necessary and that this requires some taxes for government to fulfill its role. Conservatives support property rights and this frequently requires government protection (though not always). But even after reading this book I fail to see where the problem is. Government has costs and conservatives or libertarians would argue that you try to limit government to those things that it has the biggest advantages to providing. Is this a new point? Is there some deep contradiction here? How Holmes and Sunstein can argue that these limited government types do not deal with why they prefer some government to no government is a mystery to me. Possibly the authors would benefit from reading books by Milton Friedman or F.A. Hayek. Friedman supports government defending property rights and I personally think that his books do a pretty good job explaining why governments are more preferred to perform certain activities than others. Using economic jargon such as "opportunity costs" adds nothing new to the debate (especially since economists have already used the term in this context).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Same ofd Marxist 'dribble'., 12 April 1999
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The most ludicrous Marxist BS I have ever had the misfortune to lay eyes upon.This 'dribble' insults the readers intelligence---(minus 5 stars) YUK! To imply that our liberties are protected through the application of taxes is not just laughable---it's pathetic! I'm sure glad the members of the 'Boston Tea Party' couldn't have read it!
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