The Permission Society

How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It

Author: Timothy Sandefur

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594038406

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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Throughout history, kings and emperors have promised “freedoms” to their people. Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high. The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision: people have basic rights 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 to transform America into a nation where our freedoms—the right to speak freely, to earn a living, to own a gun, to use private property, even the right to take medicine to save one’s own life—are 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 experiment, and how we can fight to retain our freedoms against the growing power of government. Illustrated with dozens of real-life examples—including many cases he litigated himself—Sandefur shows how treating freedoms as government-created privileges undermines our Constitution and betrays the basic principles of human dignity.
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Frederick Douglass

Self-Made Man

Author: Timothy Sandefur

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 1944424865

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become a preeminent American intellectual and activist who, as statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar, helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. Unlike many other leading abolitionists, Douglass embraced the U.S. Constitution, believing it to be an essentially anti-slavery document guaranteeing that individual rights belonged to all Americans, of all races. Furthermore, in his most popular lecture, "Self-Made Men," Douglass praised those who rise through their own effort and devotion rather than the circumstances of their privilege. For him, independence, pride, and personal and economic freedom were the natural consequences of the equality that lay at the heart of the American dream—a dream that all people, regardless of race, gender, or class, deserved a chance to pursue. This biography takes a fresh look at the life and inspirational legacy of one of America's most passionate and dedicated thinkers. As detailed in this compact and highly compelling work, Douglass—in some ways a conservative, in other ways a revolutionary—espoused and lived the central idea of his work: we must be free to make ourselves the best people we can be.
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Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press

Editions Published Between 1978-1981

Author: Robert E. Zucker

Publisher: BZB Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: N.A

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The Youth Alternatives and Youth Awareness Press tabloid newspapers were published in Tucson, Arizona through the Tucson YWCA, under the direction of Robert E. Zucker from 1978-1981. The newspaper was staffed by high school students and adult advisors and published through various local, states and federal grants and funding sources.
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Examiner

A Weekly Paper on Politics, Literature, Music and the Fine Arts. 1841

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
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