The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is holidng an essay contest titled on the question of which rights should prevail.
Philosophers distinguish between two concepts of rights. Negative rights protect the individual against interference from other individuals and from government in the use and peaceful enjoyment of their life, liberty, and property. Negative rights include religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the right to own and enjoy one’s private property.
Positive rights entitle the individual to receive products, services, or other benefits from other individuals or from government. Positive rights include the right to food, clothing, housing, clean drinking water, health care, education, and freedom from discrimination.
The question for the JCCF’s 2013 Essay Contest is:
Positive rights versus negative rights: which should prevail, and why?
The Prizes are as follows:
1st – $1,000
2nd – $500
3rd – $250
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Submit your essays on or before July 1, 2013 for a chance to win FREE registration to the Liberty Summer Seminar, July 27 & 28, 2013 in Orono, ON.
Essays should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words and can be submitted in PDF or Word format using the form below.
More details are on their website.