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"[U]nless someone steals from you, you have no business fretting about how much money they have relative to how much money you have. (Envy is an unsound basis not only for government policy but also for personal ethics.) And if someone did steal from you, then what you should fret about is that person’s thievery rather than about his or her monetary wealth relative to your own. After all, if the thief’s theft raised his or her income to a level more in line with your own, you surely wouldn’t shrug and excuse the thievery on the grounds that it helped to equalize incomes – and you’d be appalled if the police did so."

If you’ll be near Spartanburg, SC this Thursday, TPUSA would be delighted to have you join our SC Field Coordinator, Taylor Brown, and Mulch Tank for pizza and a discussion of all we have planned for the Palmetto State this year! For event details click above!

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A hands-off approach to Hong Kong’s economy has brought the region much prosperity. 

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This article is the second in a series of three articles on the rights of a society. For the previous post, click here.

 July 23, 2014

A free society is predicated upon certain rights of the individual. Without these certain unalienable rights, a given society cannot be considered free. However, the simple possession of said rights will not secure a free society. Maintenance of those rights requires responsibility on the part of all citizens.

Once a society loses its nature of responsibility, those rights will shift into a different kind of delegation. A responsible society possesses negative rights, or restrictions on the government; thus empowering the people over the government.

What are these certain rights that are essential to a free society? These are the negative rights, the restrictions on governmental activity to ensure voluntary interaction, free enterprise, and protection of private property. Here is an overview of what those essential negative rights are for a free society.

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The methodology behind these rankings is pretty weak. However, it points to an interesting question: do you have state pride? What state are you from?