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The Case for Privacy

Updated on February 21, 2016


The most fundamental of all rights. Without privacy, the other rights in the Bill of Rights are meaningless.

Trump wants to take away your privacy.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump was merely a billionaire indulging in a lark by running for president. He probably just thought it was fun and great publicity for his reality TV show. When some people supported him, he started to take it seriously.

On the good side, he says entertaining things each day like not being able to correctly refer to books of the Bible ("Two Corinthians" instead of Second Corinthians) or a quick response to the Pope's apparent desire to prevent a wall along the US-Mexican so that illegals will be able to illegally enter the USA illegally and break the law. On the bad side, he is like all the other Republicans in denying the reality of climate change -- despite consensus among climatologists (the people who actually know what they are talking about), despite every other nation on Earth ready to move to reverse it, and despite the Department of Defense warning us about it. On the good side, he seemed to be anti-Establishment at a time when any American with more than zero brain cells should be against an Establishment that seeks to ignore average Americans and grind them down.

However, he has taken the Establishment's side in its desire to break into your phone and get your private information in the Federals versus Apple standoff. I am solidly with Apple in this and solidly against the privacy invading government. Donald Trump has shown his true colors and he is revealed to be a power-mad Hitler in the making who wants to take away your privacy and leave you as naked as those people marched into the gas chambers and crematoria of Adolf Hitler.

Last time I checked, the USA fought against Hitler in World War Two. Last time I checked, America was supposed to be for privacy and freedom not George Orwell's "Big Brother is watching you." Trump wants to make America great again? He can start by either admitting that he is wrong on privacy or leaving the USA forever. Let's check his birth certificate.

Boycott Dictator Trump!

The Privacy Party is stubbornly single issue.

We have no illusions about becoming a mass party -- much less a majority party. ever. If we are wrong and that happens anyway, then great! We were effective. And effective is what this is all about. The Republicans started from the abolition movement which in turn started from the anti-slavery movement. Anti-slavery societies of the late 1700's / Seventeen Hundreds were followed by abolition societies of the early 1800's / Eighteen Hundreds as the people involved "drilled down" (to borrow a Microsoft term) and began to focus. Against slavery? Yes. How to deal with it? Abolish it. That's what the word abolition means.

Privacy. We are against invasion of privacy but we are also pro-privacy not just against something. Best way to proceed? An amendment to the Constitution:

"The right to individual privacy is absolute."

Now watch people pick it apart. Privacy except where life is endangered. Privacy except for children. Privacy for corporations also because corporations are "persons" too (and similar legal fictions). Privacy as long as the privacy invaders (N.S.A., C.I.A., IRS, phone company, Internet companies, hackers, virus developers, banks, schools, insurance companies, etc.) are not discovered by you and you are not likely to find out.

No. Keep it absolute. Let the courts interpret it. But get that Jackass (Chief Justice Roberts) off the bench first.

We have no problem with those who want to expand and grow the Privacy Party to deal with issues of personal privacy, home privacy, privacy in public, privacy in restrooms, medical privacy, educational privacy, privacy while reading an e-book, library privacy, privacy while traveling (especially by air), privacy as the human race expands into outer space, telephone privacy, Internet privacy, the privacy of first class mail, banking privacy (get the IRS out of our pockets and leave numbered and anonymous and secret and private banking alone!), privacy protections against spy agencies that spy on Americans (we pay our taxes to be screwed by them?), privacy protection from the police (who steal our biometrics and put them into Orwellian dossiers and data banks), political privacy (which may keep private citizens from even participating in Privacy Party activities out of fear), privacy for the most vulnerable members of society, writers' privacy, artists' privacy, and religious privacy.

In fact, expanding to deal with all these privacy issues and more is healthy. The Privacy Party is a living life form composed of all those seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The right to privacy should have been the First Amendment because without it, all other rights and freedoms are meaningless. The Bill of Rights was an afterthought tacked onto the Constitution. Privacy should have been mentioned in the preamble to the Constitution or at least article one. Privacy should have been mentioned in the Declaration of Independence since British intrusiveness was what set the colonists' teeth on edge. Perhaps the word "privacy" was simply not in common usage back then. It is now.

Our young have basically said "privacy is dead" and society is now fighting a rearguard action to save what tattered privacy is left to clothe us. Privacy is not dead. And if every spy and spy master on Earth has to be dragged before a peoples' court to answer for crimes we-know-not-what yet -- then so be it.

We the taxpayers pay their salaries. And they screw us.

We the voters elect officials. And they ignore us.

We the public demand our privacy. This is non-negotiable and not subject to compromise. Privacy is absolute. You have it or you don't.

We the people govern by our consent or withdrawal of consent.

We will prevail because we have no choice. The road to zero privacy is the road to becoming Borg lost in the singularity of a group mind. Individual death.

Your privacy defines you. Without privacy, you do not exist.

In God we trust. In Big Government, Big Business, Big Military, Big Police, Big Intelligence, and Big Artificial Intelligence; we do not trust.

That is the case for a Privacy Party.

Join or die.


privacy for the most vulnerable members of society

Addendum to item above. When you are in a bad situation:

  • lose your job
  • your mortgage is foreclosed
  • you are evicted
  • your entire family is homeless
  • you are living in your car
  • no food in home
  • can't get food stamps & you or your children are hungry
  • have your claim denied after a disaster
  • winter is coming on & there are no clothing banks nearby
  • can't afford surgery & you or your loved one is dying
  • walk to work in a pedestrian-hostile city with no sidewalks
  • no access to the Internet
  • no telephone cell nor land line to get a job
  • electricity. water, and gas cut off
  • no bank account
  • no credit (a necessity for getting a job)
  • no mailing address or street address to get a job
  • no buses or other mass transit in your area
  • being sued and you have no money or lawyer
  • no insurance
  • the IRS is taking everything
  • can't afford to put gasoline in car and car needs repairs
  • you are completely innocent but are in jail or prison
  • you were born with a low IQ & the world is moving too fast
  • can't afford to refill your meds & you have a mental illness
  • you just became an amputee
  • you just became paralyzed below the waist
  • you just became bedridden
  • you're a recovering alcoholic or drug addict, can't get a job
  • you just lost one hundred percent of your eyesight

Bad stuff does not happen to "them". Bad stuff happens to rich people, middle class people, working class people, and poor people. That's a fact.

And you have no defenses to protect your privacy when necessity forces you to go to a social service agency or the Department of Social Services to see a social worker. They can ask anything and you have to answer or do without.

There may be a better way but it has not been invented yet.

if you belong to a religion that values privacy

then discuss with your pastor or minister or fellow members of your congregation how best to support the Privacy Party.

to finance committees of the Privacy Party

Always find a legal way to accept private or anonymous or secret contributions to the party. Do not go outside the law. We are a young party and do not need the hassle.

the privacy sense

Whether or not ESP exists, it does seem clear that many (if not most) people can sense when they are being spied upon. They may not be able to do anything about it, as with a prisoner in a guarded cell, but they even have a sense of when their closed circuit camera images are being watched and when no one is looking at the monitors.

the privacy instinct

The instinct for privacy is most evident in those with a high IQ because geniuses, more than most people, have a need for privacy in order to function, in order to stay sane, and in order to perform at peak.

Social Security Number

Everyone and their brother asks for your social security number.

Financial institutions (banks and brokers and investment companies) ask for your SSN and you feel that you have to give it to them because they start citing the Patriot Act and other obscure laws. You cave in and give them your social security number because:

  • they bully you
  • they browbeat you
  • they intimidate you

Turns out that the Social Security Administration office told me that you can tell them to go f*ck themselves. She did not use that language but I asked the question several different ways to make sure.

These are the only parties who you have to give your SSN:

  1. the Social Security Administration -- Duh, they are the ones who issue the number and if you go back to them for assistance, then they need it to help you. Reasonable.
  2. your employer -- They cut your paycheck and take out social security taxes for retirement and so, again, this is reasonable.
  3. the IRS -- Until federal income tax is repealed, they have the legal right to get your SSN. So let's organize and lobby to repeal personal income tax.

That's it. No one else. If they huff and puff and threaten to blow your house down or arrest you, then tell them THEY are in violation of the law for asking for your social security number. If they somehow manage to convince you that they need a number, then get a TIN (tax identification number), FIN (federal/financial identification number) or EIN (employer identification number) from the IRS. Then give this number to the browbeating bully asking for your SSN. If you want to, then you can tell them that you were a victim of identity thieves like them who took your SSN and sold it to internet hackers. They will have no satisfactory answer to that because it is true. They will harumph about how they have a secure system and hard encryption and other bull. But you will realize how correct I am. Several large investment companies and mutual fund families whose names you would recognize have been hacked. They are not secure systems. Stand your ground.

The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act and other laws drafted by the Republican wilding in the panic after 9/11 and passed without reading the text of this abortion of a law by a stupid Congress and signed into law by the worst president in US history (George W. Bush); all these laws need to go. They punish law abiding citizens like you and me and real terrorists laugh because they move money off-line, off-shore (like Romney) and off the books with phony charities and drug trafficking and mosques and lots of other ways beyond regulated US investment and bank accounts.

The Patriot Act and NFAA and other Orwellian laws have to be repealed.

If we are a party of privacy-loving private citizens, how can we influence public affairs?

  1. set up a huge privacy interest group modeled after the National Rifle Association
  2. also learn lessons from Big Oil, the pro-Israel lobby, Big Pharma, Wall Street (the investment banks and hedge funds in particular), and other lobbies that always get their way with Congress
  3. since we are privacy-loving private citizens, none of us will run for public office and face cameras and prying reporters and disclose our tax returns and otherwise pull down our pants (or pull up our dresses, depending upon which metaphor you find the most offensive)
  4. so the solution is to run professional politicians and fire them if they do not do what we want
  5. use attorneys specializing in privacy law

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1. Record your commitment to register to vote with the Privacy Party here. 2. organize Privacy Party county committees starting with your county.

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    • Toni_Roman profile image

      Toni_Roman 6 years ago

      Mr. Manning:

      With privacy technology, we can recapture privacy. People worried about privacy should start companies that offer privacy products and services. The Privacy Party can push on the political and government front. And perhaps some foundations could be started to further the fight for privacy in the third sectors beyond the public and private sectors of government and business.

      Have hope and keep the faith!


    • Jason R. Manning profile image

      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Wow, you really encompassed the embodiment of government control and where it is expanding. I think you should run for office…great hub, I wish I could vote it up more than once. Unfortunately, with technology we will never be alone ever again.