Political Theory

Welfare Rights and Economic Privileges: Freedom, Responsibility, and the Welfare State


This conference examined the concepts of rights and freedom, the connection among freedom and security and welfare rights, the plausibility of the claim that the US Constitution guarantees such rights or could or should guarantee them, and the effects that entitlements have on the pursuit of a society of free and responsible persons.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Berlin, Isaiah. Four Essays on Liberty. London: Clarendon Press, 1969.

de Jasay, Anthony. “Freedom from a Mainly Logical Perspective.” Philosophy 80 (2005): 565-584.

Epstein, Richard A. "The Problem of Forfeiture in the Welfare State." Social Philosophy and Policy 14, no. 2 (1997): 256-284.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Message to the Congress on the State of the Union: January 11, 1944." The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=16518 (July 16, 2009).

Hayek, F. A. The Road to Serfdom. London: Routledge, 1944.

Holmes, Stephen and Sunstein, Cass. The Cost of Rights. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.

Lomasky, Loren. "Justice to Charity." Social Philosophy and Policy 12 (Summer 1995): 32-53.

Machan, Tibor. Liberty for the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1995.

Reynolds, Alan. Income and Wealth. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Shlaes, Amity. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008.

Sterba, James. "A Libertarian Justification for a Welfare State." Social Theory and Practice 11, no. 3 (1985): 285-306.

Sunstein, Cass. The Second Bill of Rights. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Zuckert, Michael. "On Constitutional Welfare Liberalism: An Old-Liberal Perspective." Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (2007): 266-288.