Political Theory

Privacy, Secrecy, Individual Rights, and Liberty


The purpose of this conference was to examine the foundations of individuals’ right to privacy, and the implications of such rights for issues such as financial regulation and banking secrecy.


Conference Readings

Constant, Benjamin. Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments. Edited by Etienne Hofmann. Translated by Dennis O'Keeffe. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2003.

Epstein, Richard. “Deconstructing Privacy: And Putting It Back Together Again.” Social Philosophy and Policy 17, no. 2 (2000): 1-24.

Friedman, David. Future Imperfect. Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Gregg, Sam. Banking, Justice, and the Common Good. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2005.

Harper, Jim. "Understanding Privacy--and Real Threats to It." Cato Policy Analysis (August 2004): 1-17. www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa520.pdf (accessed ).

Posner, Richard. The Economics of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Rahn, Richard and Veronique de Rugy. "Threats to Financial Privacy and Tax Competition." Cato Policy Analysis (2003): 1-14. http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa491.pdf (accessed February 23, 2010).