14 April 2016

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Privacy vs Security + NEWS

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Privacy vs Security.

This has always been a central topic in Political Philosophy. Indeed the
social contract owes its logic in security of the individual and authors
like Thomas Paine in his book the Rights of Man argued that the state
cannot safeguard the rights of the individual.

Today the balance is more focused of state security against the
individual; today we are supposed to believe that the state is
threatened by the individual rather, say, by other states or pirates.
And the security of the individual depends of loss of privacy.

But as Paine and many other authors have proven is that the state is in
danger when the social contract stops functioning. The real danger for
the state and the individual is not threats of force but collapse of
economic stability.

The French revolution, the Russian revolution and the Second World War
confirm that individuals turn against the governing classes when the
economic fabric of society collapses. Incidentally, WW2 and the rise of
the NAZIs in Germany were a reaction to the economic collapse in Germany
as a consequence of the Treaty of Versailles.

The lesson from history for the modern state should be that whilst fear
is cheap and effective, hunger is a real motivator for human action!

In the meantime Miguel has sent us news of a Maths tertulia.

Estimado tertuliano:
Te anunciamos las conferencias siguientes:
Título: Matemática y movimiento en el siglo XIV
Conferenciante: Juan Tarrés Freixenet (UCM)
Fecha: Miércoles 20 de Abril de 2016, 13h.
Lugar: Facultad de Ciencias Matemáticas, UCM, Aula Miguel de Guzmán
Saludos cordiales,
Tertulia de Matemáticas

Best Lawrence

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from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: Privacy vs Security

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