chapter  21
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Negative Duties Toward All, Positive Duties Toward Some

There are many pointless debates over the priorities to be assigned different clusters of rights, especially over the priority of economic, social, and cultural rights on the one hand and civil and political rights on the other. The most striking general feature of basic human rights, of which events continually remind us, is their strong interdependence. The basic rights are a mutually supportive family, and no one of them can thrive in isolation from the others.