What is the difference between negative rights and positive rights?
Terms such as "human rights" are freely bandied about, but they are used to encompass a wide range of "rights" that have fundamentally different qualities. A right such as "freedom of speech" is a negative right. It requires that other parties (generally the government) don't use force to stop you exercising free speech. The right to freedom of speech doesn't mean that others must provide a platform for your speech; if that were the case it would be a positive right along the lines of "the right More