Our homes are our castles: in defence of privacy


Historical experience shows us that whenever the state seeks to politicise private life - for example, during the Cultural Revolution in China - public life in turn becomes depoliticised. So, protecting the private realm is essential if we want to have a healthy public life. Privacy is essential if people are to nurture their ability to make something of themselves. It is within the confines of the private realm that people can think, reflect, test out new ideas and thoughts on their intimates, develop their political capacities, and acquire the moral resources that are absolutely essential for conducting a serious public life.