4 thoughts on “O’Keefe Again: Video Part 4

  1. Privacy law typically rests on the premise of a reasonable expectation of privacy. One wondrfs if those in public life spending public funds have such an expectation when engaged in those purposes? I am not convinced of the legitimacy of “public” secrecy, that is the right to secrecy of public officials using public money. Let the light shine in.

    1. Perhaps this state or that state allows this or that kind of recording. Still, the moral issue of lying is at stake. I follow the Augustinian tradition, which allows no lie whatsoever, even to save someone’s life. That said, not all lies are mortal sins. Deliberately chosen, any lie would be at least venially sinful.

      1. No. If you have to (a) choose to lie in order (b) to obtain the end, then the lie (a) is the evil means towards the good end (b). That cannot be justified.

        But, some theologians argue that a lie is not properly defined as “stating what is contrary to the mind in order to deceive.” They argue that you must add the objective circumstance “to one who has the right to know the truth.” Thus, they would say that the very object you choose “to state s/t contrary to the mind, in order to deceive” is not evil if you include in the object the object-changing circumstance “to one who has the right to know.”

        I follow Augustine in holding that that is a too narrow definition of lie. I hold that even w/o that qualification, the object “stating what is contrary to the mind, in order to deceive” is always a bad object. However, not necessarily gravely evil.

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