By Timothy Sandefur

Throughout heritage, kings and emperors have promised “freedom” to their humans. but those freedoms have been relatively simply permissions passed down from on excessive. the yankee Revolution inaugurated a brand new imaginative and prescient: humans have a uncomplicated correct to lifestyles, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and executive needs to ask permission from them. unfortunately, today’s more and more bureaucratic society is commencing to flip again the clock and to rework the USA right into a kingdom the place our freedoms—the correct to talk freely, to become profitable, to possess a gun, to exploit inner most estate, even the best to take medication to save lots of one’s personal life—are back taken care of as privileges the govt may well supply or withhold at will. Timothy Sandefur examines the heritage of the excellence among rights and privileges that performed such a huge function within the American scan, and the way we will be able to struggle to continue our freedoms opposed to the becoming strength of presidency. Illustrated with dozens of real-life examples—including many circumstances he litigated himself—Sandefur exhibits how treating freedoms as government-created privileges undermines our structure and betrays the fundamental rules of human dignity.

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