Controversial human rights

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Written by Weaver, Rock & Kusterer

In the last 100 years economic rights:  the right to access or work and income, the right to food, shelter, health care, education, a safe and healthy place of work and residence have been added to the traditional inalienable human rights.  These rights are more controversial than the rights of life, liberty and happiness, especially in the United States, which continues in its popular culture to regard these as personal responsibilities of individuals for themselves rather than as societal obligations to individuals.  But they are accepted in all the other industrialized countries, and they are accepted in the documents ond treaties of the United Nations. 

J.W. Weaver, Michael T. Rock, Kenneth Kusterer, Achieving Broad-Based Sustainable Development,  pp.222-3.

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