What is the difference between negative rights and positive rights?

free-speech-careless-talkTerms such as “human rights” are freely bandied about, but they are used to encompass a wide range of “rights” that have fundamentally different qualities. A right such as “freedom of speech” is a negative right. It requires that other parties (generally the government) don’t use force to stop you exercising free speech. The right [more…]

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