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What We Believe Part 4 - Natural Law
Negative Rights and Positive Rights
A right to get something from the government is a "positive right." It means that others have a duty to provide something to you. The Social Justice movement, Progressivism, Leftism, Socialism, and Marxism are based on this view of rights. A right to be protected from encroachment is a "negative right." It means that others have a duty to refrain from infringing on your life, liberty, or property. America's Constitution was based on this view of rights.
There are two ways to understand what a right actually is. Negative rights provide citizens “freedom from” governmental intrusion. They prohibit government from acting. Positive rights, on the other hand, require government to act in order to provide “freedom to” do or enjoy certain things. Can these two types of rights coexist within the same regime?
"A right is something the government can't do to you." (Senator Mike Lee)