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Permission Society : How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It
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Throughout history, kings and emperors have promised "freedom" to their people. Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high. The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision: people have a basic right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and government must ask permission from them. Sadly, today's increasingly bureaucratic society is beginning to turn back the clock, and transform America into a nation where our freedomsthe right to speak freely, to earn a living, own a gun, to use private property, even the right to take medicine to save one's own lifeare again treated as privileges the government may grant or withhold at will. Timothy Sandefur examines the history of the distinction between rights and privileges that played such an important role in the American experimentand how we can fight to retain our freedoms against the growing power of government. Illustrated with dozens of real-life examplesincluding many cases he litigated himselfSandefur shows how treating freedoms as government-created privileges undermines our Constitution and betrays the basic principles of human dignity.
Number of Pages: 267
Genre: Political Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Political, Constitutional, Political Freedom + Security / General
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Timothy Sandefur
Street Date: September 13, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-5001
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