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Aug 19, 2007 11:47 am

Open Government as a Mixed Blessing

Jacob Sullum has an interesting column in The Washington Times where he looks at some of the limits and drawbacks which accompany open government. I particularly like the way he ends it; ”Although honesty and openness are surely preferable to dishonesty and secrecy (in politics, at least), they're not an adequate solution to a government that does too much and is therefore a magnet for people seeking gifts and favors. If a pickpocket becomes a mugger, he becomes more open and honest, but that doesn't make him more admirable.”

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