The Slavery Of Government-Granted “Rights”

November 18, 2009

Over at the Washington Examiner, Iain Murray and Roger Abbott have an excellent op-ed addressing the notion of whether or not health care is a “right.” The whole piece is worth reading, but if you take anything away from it, it should be this chestnut from Alexis de Tocqueville:

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights—the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ’right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are rations of slavery—hay and a barn for human cattle.”



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