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Samuel Moyn Responds

September 10, 2021

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** This response from Samuel Moyn completes the Tocqueville 21 forum on his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Four reviews of Humane, by Duncan Bell, Michael Brenes, Emma Mackinnon, and Mel Pavlik, were published earlier this week. **

I am exceptionally grateful to Duncan Bell, Michael Brenes, Emma Mackinnon, and Mel Pavlik for taking their valuable time to read and respond to Humane, and equally to Chris Schaefer and Tocqueville 21 for hosting this exchange. It is a genuine privilege to receive such astute and compelling (and quick!) feedback, and my primary reaction is to thank everyone for my good fortune in getting more than I deserve. As I find not just an excellent summary of my

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Constraint, Flexibility, and Human Rights

July 10, 2018

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This article is Samuel Moyn’s response to the roundtable exchange on his new book, Not Enough (Harvard University Press, 2018).

In our interesting moment, Not Enough offers nothing like a definitive statement of how to connect human rights with distributive ideals and political economy. Instead, it is supposed to be a framework for current debate; and both alternative perspectives and empirical research will overthrow it sooner rather than later. I am deeply grateful to the commentators for their exceptionally interesting engagements. Julia Dehm, Stephen Hopgood, Justine Lacroix, and James Sparrow have raised a number of interesting challenges that point beyond the book’s limited horizon. Since nearly all of

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