Re: Transparent society

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Fri May 12 2000 - 11:12:58 MDT

> > You have no right to privacy when you are in public.
> Says who? Perhaps not out there in Hollywood where everyone's life is
> for sale all the time, but not elsewhere. People have a right to be
> respected and treated considerately wherever they are.

Sorry Mike, but even radical libertarians don't argue that anyone
has a positive entitlement to privacy, or even a right to privacy,
anywhere but one's own home. I have no right to demand that 7-11
not install cameras if that's what they want to do. I have no right
to sue a company that sells the address I gave them unless I clearly
contracted with them not to. My home is mine, your home is yours,
and public spaces belong to the public.

Privacy, like anything else valuable a person might desire, must
be bargained for, not demanded as an entitlement. Respect and
consideration, too, have to be earned. I have no right to demand
that anyone do anything except what is in eir own private interest,
so long as ey does not actively interfere with my doing the same.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC

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