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Unformatted text preview: ere spelled out beforehand. PRIVACY STANDS IN THE WAY OF RATIONAL IMPROVEMENT Ferdinand David Schoeman, Author from University of South Carolina, Privacy and social freedom, 1992, p.30 In the social realm, if we dissociate ourselves from a person because of that person's habits or character, we are acting as we have a right to act and as having standards requires us to act. But we may do more. We may warn others and confront the individual with our own assessment of that person's invidious nature. We may ignore the contemporary standards of politeness and offer people a sincere and well-meaning assessment of our regard for them. The problem is that only a fine line prevents these tactics from evolving into intimidation and harassment, particularly when one's own critical assessment is widely shared. Oddly, in an area where one might have thought a great deal of subtlety would be needed to be protective of people's individuality, Mill unleashes an activism that has no limitation in scope. Anything about another's life becomes open game for our probing challenges. So long as we are armed with our rational arguments and aim at nursing some improvement to character, we may confront another with our concern. Whereas we might say to others that challenge us in some self-regarding domain of life, that what they are concerning themselves with is none of their business, Mill would strip us of the shield of privacy. His reasoning is that privacy stands in the way of challenges that generate rational improvement. SLHS Value File IF DANGER IS IMMINENT, SUCH AS A TERRORIST ATTACK, THE CONSTITUTION'S PROVISIONS ARE MORE FLEXIBLE Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Indianapolis v. Edmond (Citation: 000 U.S. 99), 2000, www.findlaw.com, Access date: Dec. 17, 2002., p. np. Of course, there are circumstances that may justify a law enforcement checkpoint where the primary purpose would otherwise, but for some emergency, relate to ordinary crime control. For example, as the Court of Appeals noted, the Fourth Amendment would almost certainly permit an appropriately tailored roadblock set up to thwart an imminent terrorist attack or to catch a dangerous...
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