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05/08/2005

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Corey

Or, if a university professor had previously brought negative publicity and embarassment on his school for anti-gay comments on his blog, should he be able to resist disclosure of that fact as somehow irrelevant to his later attempts to establish intellectual credibility on say... the Posner blog.

How's that for theoretically thinking Eric?

If a right to privacy is an interference on people's right to choose in the economic realm, then so is the undeniable existance of transaction costs and disparities in the distribution of bargaining power. It looks increasingly silly to argue for free economic choice when the overwhelming majority of employment and consumer contracts are un-negotiated, take it or leave it propositions.

I'm sure that in your small little world an HIV+ person is more "morally culpable" than the rest of us. You want to refer to the status of having a disease in terms of the past choices that you no doubt believe led to that status. Imagine the millions of victims of the worldwide AIDS epidemic collectively giving you the finger as they try and lead as normal and human a life as is left to them.

Palooka

"Indeed, you could view a privacy law as government interference with the right of people to choose with whom they do business."

That's a pretty apt description of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now do we want to repeal that, too?

Peter Konefal

The NYT has an elaborate and intriguing analysis of "class in America," analyzing how Americans have fared in terms of class position since WWII.

This is an intriguing topic, and one which I think deserves an analysis by you two.

Have neoliberal reforms (reagan/thatcher) benefitted most Americans?

How have classes fared since the 1950s? Many economists (Heilbroner et al) have presented startling evidence that real incomes have declined during the (1950-2000) period, despite (or perhaps because of) the radical productivity enhancements of the information age.

Perhaps it is too soon to deny Marx the last laugh...

Rachel

Judge Posner chides promoters of "privacy" because we are only high-mindedly doing what criminals do -- attempting to control information about ourselves for the purpose of deceit.

For me, the importance of keeping records private derives from the potential for distortion. The less people/companies/governments see and transmit (and aggregate) my identifying information, the less the chance of its distortion to the point that the information is inaccurate (or simply no longer correct).

In the area of information privacy, I am less concerned about revealing that Joe has HIV if he in fact does than I am about John having HIV if he in fact doesn't. "Privacy" for me is more about having enough control over one's personal information to ensure that it remains accurate and up to date.

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