[ba-liberty] Re: libertarian analyses of license plate cams?
- From: Jeff Chan <webmaster@xxxxxxxx>
- To: ba-liberty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:48:07 -0700
On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:13:32 PM, Brian Holtz wrote:
Looking for pointers to libertarian analyses of license plate cams.
My default position would be:
- owners of private property are free to record and share information
that is visible from that property using "ordinary" means
- private citizens using public rights-of-way are free to record and
share information that is visible to them via "ordinary" means
- organizations with police powers (e.g. governments, not HOAs) should
not operate mass-surveillance systems, but can issue search warrants into
I worry about government mass-surveillance, but I also worry about
"privacy" laws that give government the power to restrict what information
private individuals can record and share.
Those positions look generally reasonable to me. I too would be
interested in any formal libertarian positions/theory.
To me, anything a private individual would be able to see in a public
space should be ok to record, same as seeing it visually and writing
down a note (or creating a memory) of what one saw, but arguably less
fallible to human frailties such as cognitive biases and errors.
Government force, including police state surveillance, should be
severely restricted by law and government should follow its own laws
(it often doesn't; and "who guards the guards?" Quis custodiet ipsos
That all said, the entire world is moving towards a police state and
possible world socialist government police state. China's massive
surveillance system including facial recognition, etc., and "social
credit scores" fit perfectly into that paradigm, which unfortunately
is a template for most other governments. And all of it fit's
perfectly into Klaus Schwab's fascistic "Great Reset". Please study
and understand it.
But perhaps the most insidious tool for government control over people
are impending central bank digital currencies. They are fully traceable,
unalterable; a permanent record of every transaction and transactee in
the formal economy; a perfect tool for police states to tax, track,
punish, control the entire economic lives, cradle to grave, of
everyone who uses government money. And they are also outlawing private
cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges with the formal economy.
All of this is in the public record, public legislation, etc., in the
U.S., EU, China; it's not conspiracy theory.
Sorry for going slightly off topic, but government (video and other)
surveillance networks fit into this scheme perfectly, so it's not
"Switzerland exported democracy to America by being a shining,
stable example of freedom which America's founders imperfectly
copied. It did not invade America and replace its government."
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