Comment: Block is right

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Block is right

You are wrong.

Property is the basis of the exercise of all rights. The right to speak is determined by who owns the ground on which you stand. The right to publish depends on who owns the presses. The right to keep the fruits of your labor depends on who owns...you.

The so-called 'right to privacy' is dependent on your ability to use your property in such a way as to remain concealed from outside observation. As technology changes, there will be new challenges for people who wish not to be observed by those outside their property. Nevertheless, it is their right to use their property as they wish to keep their privacy, just as it is the right of outsiders to use their eyes, ears, cameras, listening devices, heat sensors, etc., to look at the world...including the property of their neighbor. Creepy...yeah. Thankfully the vast majority of people do not peep into windows, or watch their neighbors with binoculars...and virtually none own heat sensors or bionic ears.

The real danger to our 'privacy' is not our neighbors, but our governments. Governments should be prevented from snooping, not because you have a right to privacy, but because governments have extraordinary power to make your life hell. What was Washington's phrase: Governments are a dangerous servant and a fearsome master? That is why we need to keep it on a tight chain...not because of any 'right to privacy.'

If you attempt to create a 'right to privacy' that is not based on property, you will need to create a whole range of restrictions on what others may look at and with what technology. It will require the state to monitor your monitoring, and it will legitimize an oppressive state apparatus to 'protect our privacy' just as they have created an police state apparatus 'to keep us safe.'

Block is right. Privacy is an outcome of property. If you properly define 'property,' and accept its' limitations, you can resolve many of the conflicts in the debates over privacy.