Liberty, Liberalism and Surveillance: a historic overview | openDemocracy


To be free we not only need to have no fear of interference but no fear that there could be interference. But that latter assurance is precisely what cannot be given if our actions are under surveillance. So long as surveillance is going on, we always could have our freedom of action limited if someone chose to limit it. The fact that they may not make that choice does not make us any less free, because we are not free from surveillance and the possible uses that can be made of it. Only when we are free from such possible invasions of our rights are we free; and this freedom can be guaranteed only where there is no surveillance.

 


I feel that with every post I get but one step further away from that green card I crave.

Liberty, Liberalism and Surveillance: a historic overview | openDemocracy

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