from The Daily Bell:
When progress trumps privacy … In 1890, two of America’s leading legal minds, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren, published an article called “The Right to Privacy” in the Harvard Law Review. Scandalized by the rise of a gossip-mongering press that intruded on the lives of prominent citizens, they called upon the courts to recognize a “right to privacy.” Their fear was that new technological and commercial innovations — in this case photography and the mass-circulation gossip rag — would cause the rich and famous untold mental pain and distress. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: We live in modern times and people simply have to discard the idea that government ought to be kept out of their private lives.
Free-Market Analysis: Think of government as a stern father or an understanding confessor. Reveal your most intimate secrets. It won’t hurt. And it will help to forget that governments slaughtered something like 200 million people in the 20th century.
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