A short history of the social rights myth


Jack Straw, the UK’s Justice Minister, has proposed to introduce a new British Bill of Rights, which would establish ‘rights’ to education, housing, healthcare, and so on. Click here to see our latest think piece by Rachel Patterson, in which she examines the evolution of the ‘social rights’ myth, and concludes that while we do have rights to life, liberty, and property, the provision of public goods is simply a matter for the government of the day.