The Weekend Read
The Unknown Within Ourselves

The political importance of privacy is plurality. Only when people grow and mature in a protected world of home and hearth can they find the space and freedom to think independently and thus differently.

Published on: July 12, 2014
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  • FriendlyGoat

    “Privacy” is not having to sign ridiculously over-reaching corporate papers and policies in order to have a job, a bank account, a phone, a computer,….you name it.

    Conservatives should do a study of the short list of what the government makes them sign versus the long list of what the business community makes them sign.

    • liberpublican

      You seem to have forgotten that the reason those corporations are binding your soul is because of the government regulations that bind them. A sort of trickle down government effect.

      • FriendlyGoat

        No. The government wasn’t binding Home Depot when they tried to insist I sign their “standard” delivery request form when I purchased pallets of bricks—–delivered for an extra fee. In it they sought to shift all liability to ME for any damage they caused to my property or anyone else’s with their delivery equipment. They wanted ME with my puny little homeowner’s insurance to indemnify THEM with the enormous general liability policy they either have or should have. I didn’t sign and the conversation was ugly with several managers. Most people sign it and have no idea what they signed.

        Neither does the “government” make all modern employees and applicants sign forms to “agree” in advance to being fired at any time for any reason or no reason.

        The “gubment” is not at all the main source of legal coercion in our country.

  • Anthony

    The privacy author infers is natural inclination, for those who have honestly reflected, to commune with the desire within that stirs one from childhood. The private spots that reveal who you are and give consciousness to that “false self” accumulated via societal compromises. This idea of privacy becomes swallowed in high tech society where electronic gadgetry avails moment of tenuous ongoing connection (human social inclination) in which “all” is ostensibly shared and privacy marginalized if not sacrificed; however,”the balance is always uncertain and provisional (the unknown within ourselves – privacy).
    “…have forgotten or no longer understand what is lost by the making knowable of our inner worlds….There is no final satisfying way to balance our need to be known with our need to be alone.”I think it is safe to say that more than politics suffer from a poverty in a meaningful private sphere.

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