Lecturer Guest Columns

Guest column: What is our constitutional right to privacy?

Guest column: What is our constitutional right to privacy?

Imagine that the government decided to announce a new security program — call it Open Planet. Under the program, tiny cameras mounted on drones would roam through the skies, with the capacity to follow any citizen from door to door 24 hours a day, broadcasting his or her movements on the Internet. Imagine that the government used the Open Planet to follow you without a judicial warrant and then recorded and posted on YouTube the footage of every step you take in public, 24 hours a day, for a month.

Guest column: ‘Welcome to Las Vegas: A faith-based community’

Guest column: ‘Welcome to Las Vegas: A faith-based community’

When I started to think about the theme for this week at Chautauqua — privacy — I kept bumping into a couple issues which claimed priority. Before you can talk about “privacy” you have to have some understanding of not only freedom, but also of what manner of creature a human being is. I thought of the cartoon — a flashing highway sign with the message, “Welcome to Las Vegas! A faith-based community!” It expresses the fact that we all live in some sort of “faith” community, which makes assumptions about what the human enterprise is about.