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Title Right most valued by civilized man, The
Subject Privacy, Right of; Liberty; Sociological jurisprudence
Description Twenty Third Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Dykstra, Daniel James.
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1959-02-12
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,334
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.50 no.12
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "The Right most valued by civilized man," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Description 8 TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL REYNOLDS LECTURE II. What are these factors which seek to modify our traditional respect for the individual and his privacy? They are many and varied but can logically be divided into three classifications: (1) the development of a vast number of mechanical devices which make intrusion upon privacy a simple matter; (2) the increased interdependence of mankind; and (3) the overwhelming concern for national security which has permeated every facet of American life since World War II. The development of scientific "know how" which makes encroachment on traditional areas of privacy a comparatively easy undertaking may be the result, rather than the cause, of society's decreased respect for the individual. Regardless of initial stimulus, however, the fact that modern man has produced a variety of devices by which confidential conversations and actions are easily invaded accentuates the problem of preserving the dignity of the individual. The telephone tap, the concealed microphone, the various recording machines, the candid camera, the long-range lens, the one-way glass, and a host of other means which permit undetected intrusion have unquestionably helped diminish the spheres of privacy. When these devices are considered in conjunction with current methods of instantaneous mass communications, it becomes apparent that many zones of individual activity once considered private can be easily and quickly transgressed. The difficulty of preserving the "right to be let alone" is also enhanced by the increased interdependence of all individuals. The fact that what A does has an impact on B means that B cannot be oblivious to A's action. It also means that local political authorities frequently cannot ignore A's activities, and it further means that if what A does affects enough people, the national government cannot remain uninterested. Recognition of this fact in terms of modern economic society was passively acknowledged by our national government as early as 1887, when it created the Interstate Commerce Commission. Further acknowledgment was reflected in the Sherman Act of 1890, the Pure Food Act of 1906, and in the passage, in 1914, of the Clayton Anti-Trust Act and the Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission. The 1930's, reeling from the impact of the great depression, which vividly and tragically portrayed the interdependence of a highly industrialized economy, produced a flood of legislation which reflected governmental concern with the competing forces in American life. The new role thus assumed by the national government has not been relinquished and will not be, despite occasional nostalgic comments of a few politicians, for increased governmental control is part of the price society must pay for greater interdependence. This does not mean, of course, that there may not be vast differences
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Source Original Manuscript: The right most valued by civilized man by Daniel J. Dykstra.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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