As a general rule of thumb, statistics show that countries which can effectively provide their citizens with the first generation of human rights have created the happiest[1] and wealthiest[2] societies.

It also seems that any state that effectively safeguards and implements first generation human rights does the same for second generation human rights.

Which generation of human rights a government should seek to implement first is a point of contention. However, it does seem that when a society vigorously protects second generation human rights first and foremost,the protection of first generation rights in that society becomes weak and capricious.

Second generation rights are after all the "second generation"--it seems that only a country with first generation rights firmly in place can give birth to second generation rights. Freedom of speech first, social security later, if statistics are to explain anything.

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