Understanding the Difference Between Positive and Negative Rights

Understanding the Difference Between Positive and Negative Rights

A negative right restrains other persons or governments by limiting their actions toward or against the right holder. Positive rights provide the right holder with a claim against another person or the state for some good, service, or treatment. Understanding the difference between “negative” and “positive” rights is integral to comprehending the federal government’s deviation from the nature and bounds of the Constitution.