USING QUOTATIONS IN ESSAYS (with specific rules for quoting poetry)

A Department of Privacy might help rectify the bureaucratic pathology, and if it had enough Congressional support it might even survive efforts to kill it by paranoid securocrats and politicians. It's a pipe dream, I know. However, I know who I'd propose to be the first Secretary of Privacy, Bruce...

Two or three authors of the same work:

Example: Thoreau asks,

Four or more authors of the same work:

2. Those who cede (or lose) Liberty often do not receive additional security in return. Prisoners have little Liberty -- and even less security than those not incarcerated; Romanian citizens traded improved security from street crime for badly reduced security against rapacious, tyrannical, and incompetent government agents.

A work with no author (an organization or website):

1. To pursue absolute security is to pursue a will-'o-the-wisp. Security (of all kinds) is relative. We can never be "safe" -- we can only be "safer" or "less safe".

Example: According to Thoreau, "We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us."

Some problem do not have a technological solution, I'm afraid.

Not as long as misguided thinking promotes the creation of even more bureaucracy. Most statists would go to any length to deny that their agendas create more bureaucracy; it's a refreshing flashback to the late 19th century's thinking to see it embraced as inevitable.

I dunno, Eugene Stoner came up with some pretty cool technology ...

Very good comments here, but one issue not mentioned - unless I missed it - is corruption. In a State where snooping is - at least potentially - universal, the incentive to bribe officials to "look the other way" becomes very great indeed.

That is a great article. Thanks Bruce.

Who's supposing that? The problems created by government bureaucracies persist for decades after they're created. The reason to dismantle a bureaucracy is to prevent that instance of problem creation from creating even more problems.

The author explains, “Record deals were usually negotiated by elite businessmen” (Hennessey 127).

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We're giving up privacy whether we like it or not. With the advances in surveillance technology, even if we don't cede control of surveillance to the government, private parties will soon be able monitor us to the point we have no significant privacy. Pointing a set of fast cameras at roadways and hooking them up to text recognition software will be able to track us more effectively than chips in our cars. If just a few retailers put readable RFID chips in their valued customer cards, malls could track your trips through the entire mall experience. If a 4-ounce cell phone can read packages to the blind, what could a security camera learn in a subway? With the current telcom immunity issue, how far are we from making it a crime to destroy server logs that could potentially destroy evidence?

Hennessey, William. The Making of Records in Memphis. Atlanta: Capital Book Press, 2001.

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When I think about these issues, I am drawn to analogize the situation to that of an animal in a zoo. Secure, perhaps. But at a significant loss to its liberty.

For example, when quoting short passages of prose, use the following examples:

Nu huh! They cain't get me if I cryptify things!

I lived in the USSR in the Seventies, and streets were safe, but the intrusive power of the State was so great and so ubiquitous that everyone accepted bribery as normal for this reason.