There can be little doubt that a marked discontent with rights and "rights talk" is in the air, as are calls for a turn to responsibility and "responsibility talk."' In a broad range of contemporary discourses, rights are juxtaposed against responsibility as if the two were inversely or even perversely related to one another. Indeed, rights are said to license irresponsibility. Academics, politicians, and the popular media claim that Americans increasingly invoke rights talk and shrink from responsibility talk and that as a result America suffers from an explosion of frivolous assertions of rights' and a breakdown of responsible conduct. The problem is framed as "too many rights" and "too few responsibilities."
Linda C. McClain,
Rights and Irresponsibility
Duke Law Journal
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