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Ron Paul Speaks with Edward Snowden on Surveillance, Privacy, and More

June 23, 2017 nitsuj

Quoting Snowden from the transcript, courtesy of Zero Hedge:

People have said recently that privacy is what we used to call liberty, and then in the same breath they say that privacy is dead. What liberty is…is the right to self-determination. It’s the ability to have something that’s yours, rather than society’s.

This is codefied into our language, when we talk about private property, we’re talking about your right, your ability to have something that belongs to you. You decide how it’s going to be handled, you decide what color you want to paint your house, you decide what color shirt you’re going to wear - you don’t have to ask anyone.

Liberty is freedom from permission. It is the fountainhead from which all other rights spring.

Saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is the same as saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.