Social right

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A social right – more commonly referred to in the collective, as "rights" – is a freedom or entitlement granted by one party to another party. Rights define what people are allowed to do in various contexts.


Where party A is granting a particular set of rights to party B, this is equivalent to saying that:

  1. party A will not interfere with party B's exercise of their rights
  2. party A will prevent others from interfering with party B's exercise of their rights

This implies that party A actually has the power to carry out item #2. A right which cannot be exercised is essentially meaningless.


  • Marketists will often claim that
    • an unexercised right is still a right, in support of arguments against the need for government as an enforcer of rights.
    • rights are not created by humans, but in fact derive from nature ("natural rights")