Comment: Now I understand you better ...

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Now I understand you better ...

... and let's take your two examples because I think it is instructive.

In the case of Mexicans crossing the boarder, let's set aside the issue of freedom of travel as a human right, and just focus on what causes them to cross borders and risk a lot.

First, you will find that it is not the white-skinned Mexicans who cross illegally. Go to the mall just across the border in San Diego county and you will see plenty of white Mexicans shopping for the day. They come and go just like we do. It is the dark-skinned Mexicans who come across illegally because the racist Mexican government will not give them passports.

The reasons they come are many, but primarily it is either to work, to suck off welfare, or to be criminals. Most come to work, either directly or to join with family.

The key to reducing the crossings is to reduce the welfare magnet, as well as government-funded schools. The takers and the criminals are the ones we don't want here.

I am against building a wall for the same reason I am opposed to the Berlin Wall.

You might agree or disagree with what I wrote about immigration, but regardless, it is a fundamentally DIFFERENT discussion than the issue of privacy.

To ask what can be done to reduce a desire to invade privacy is the same thing as asking what can be done to stop people from wanting to control others or to steal from others. We can try to build a more respectful and liberty-oriented culture, but there will ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET ONE OVER ON OTHERS.

And THAT is why the right of privacy must be defended IN ITS OWN RIGHT. Fundamentally, it is a different type of debate than "What to do about illegal immigration?"

I am all for going AROUND those who would like to invade privacy, such as encrypted email, encrypted internet, bitcoins, etc. All for it.

BUT ...

There will always be some a@@hole politician who wants to pass a LAW to try and stop you from using such means.

It is the PRINCIPLE ITSELF that must be debated, not simply how to tinker around the edges, like you might in other areas.

Once you get down to the PRINCIPLE of privacy rights FOR ITS OWN SAKE -- and not as a goal to accomplish something else -- THEN YOU HAVE THE DEBATE THAT IS IMPORTANT.