Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy

By Henry Shue
Princeton University Press, 1980
256 pp. $17.50
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"Rights are basic . . . if the enjoyment of them is essential to the enjoyment of all other rights." On that principle, the case for including subsistence along with personal security as a basic right is persuasive. The careful reasoning of this analysis befits a publication of the Center for Philosophy and Public Policy. The application of the ideas to policy is a little thinner.