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Right to Privacy

The idea of the right to privacy been much discussed lately, as it is every time a president nominates a Supreme Court justice. But in the weird world of political rhetoric, the term “right to privacy” means “right to abortion”. This is abuse of the language. Privacy means privacy. It doesn’t mean some specific act that one might undertake in private.

I’d like to see recognition of the right to privacy mean that we don’t have to report our earnings and how we spend them to the government or that we don’t have to put up with having our property and even our persons searched at airports.

In other words, it’s time to restore concept of privacy that affirms human dignity, instead of rejecting it.

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