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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 "THE RIGHT MOST VALUED BY CIVILIZED MAN" 9 in the type and degree of such control. Obviously there can be. For this reason society must be ever alert to ascertain whether the price demanded by each existing and proposed intrusion is worth the sacrifice. Despite such concern, however, it may safely be observed that greater industrialization, increased population, the closing of the land frontier, and other developments which intensify man's dependency on man mean that extensive government regulation will continue as a characteristic of contemporary economic life. Modern inventions which permit easy intrusion upon privacy and society's greater interdependence feed upon and thus accentuate the importance of the third force which has contributed to the whittling away of the right to be let alone. This force, our increased anxiety over national security, has its primary impact in an aggravated concern with the thoughts, associations, beliefs, writings, speeches, and opinions of individuals. It is this development, recent and alarming in proportions, to which I wish to direct major attention, for I submit that it is a development foreign to our historic ideology and inimical to the very interest which promotes it. III. Before observing the full impact of this third force, let us take a more pointed, but brief look at the values inherent in our concern with the right to be let alone. The first value relates to man's existence as an individual. It rests upon the belief that unwarranted intrusions into thoughts, opinions, and privacy not only interfere with man's serenity but also thwart his mental and spiritual development. Its strength is in the assumption that happiness, peace of mind, the proper unfolding of personality, can only exist in an atmosphere free from coercion. The second value, illustrated by freedom of the press and freedom of speech, while concerned with the individual, is also directly related to the total welfare of society. This value is predicated on the realization that, unless man is let alone, ideas will neither be widely disseminated nor properly evaluated. As a consequence, society will be robbed of the benefits inherent in free discussion and maximum opportunity for criticism â€" benefits from which a democracy must draw its strength. With these values in focus, we return to the discussion of man's relationship to government, for, as observed, it is in this relationship that significant changes have occurred in recent years. These changes have of necessity had an impact in terms of the private and collective considerations just enumerated. IV. A careful reading of the major documents which played a role, directly or indirectly, in the formation of our government reveals one common
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Source Original Manuscript: The right most valued by civilized man by Daniel J. Dykstra.
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