Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Age of Radical Transparency

Radical Transparency, what a concept!  
The Global Warming scammers at CRU learned it the hard way.  Nothing stays hidden for long nowadays, and that's a good thing.  Tiger couldn't hide his affairs and the warmists couldn't hide the decline.  Meanwhile, radical transparency still has not uncovered Bush's 9/11 plot or Cheney's Halliburton war profiteering.  Hmmm...

Anyway, props to Benjamen Wright, commenting on an article in the Financial Times about how Secrecy in Science is a Corrosive Force:
20. Benjamin Wright | November 30 2:23pm | Permalink
Information technology (Internet, email records,, data-mining) is imposing radical transparency on all publicly accountable organizations, be they scientific units or county governments in South Carolina. Argument:
This is Digital Democracy!
Digital democracy.  We have access to all the data and we have a vote.
No politician, regardless of party or ideology should be given a free pass.  If she can't explain herself:  Thumbs down!

If it's an incomprehensible mishmash of bureaucratic sludge and the politicians can't explain it:  Thumbs Down!

If they're trying to rush it through or hide important details under cover of darkness:  Thumbs Down!

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Thumbs down!

Government should not be funding dubious enterprises.  What is a dubious enterprise?  Anything that they can't logically explain.  THUMBS DOWN!!!

Solution?  Government should not be funding any of it.  It should instead confine itself to the duties enumerated in The Constitution and leave the rest to the free market of capital and ideas.


Joe said...

As you know, we are on the same page on this stuff. Especially the last paragraph!

Would that they would learn.

Truth is, except for defense, we probably only need the govenrmnt three months out of the year, and then only for a brief overview of how things are going.

We did OK while they were away during the recent "Global Warming" induced snow storms.

Silverfiddle said...

Joe, that is one of the reforms I would love to see: Congress gets three months/year to get the job done then go home the rest of the year, without pay. Let them see how the other half lives!

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Good post and good point about how fast and furious technology works in NOT finding anything about Bush/Cheney.

Somwhere along the lines people have gotten the miscoseption that congress exsists to create laws?
Not, it only has the power to do that, it is not it's reason for being. Part-time is all that is required if that.

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