Re: Transparent society

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu May 11 2000 - 23:48:22 MDT


>From: Spike Jones <>
> The solution is not necessarily to stop society from become ever more
>transparent [which
> is like holding back the tide from coming up the beach] but rather to
> change the way people with power operate. Such as, arranging
> government so that there are fewer people, less power. With
> sufficient surveillance, every act of people with power is open
> to public scrutiny.
>Do we really want this? I mean, it's difficult to get good people to run
>office now, what would the incentives have to be to get anyone to be in
>Ultimately I'm in favor of anarchy, but we are a long way from being that
>to self-govern. If we make the dis-incentives for being in office this
>will we really be able to attract good, honest people into office? Not that
>have an answer, but I think it's a question about which we ought to think.

I don't think transparency would be a disincentive at all for someone
seeking public office for the right reasons (i.e., to serve the public
interest). However, for those seeking office for power or other personal
gain, I agree that transparency would be a disincentive for them. But, to
me, seems like a *good* thing.


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--Thomas Jefferson

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