“Information is the foundation upon which representative government is built.”
I have an article up at the North Dakota Policy Council’s website. It’s my first since taking a position with NDPC as a policy fellow in the area of government transparency and accountability, so I used the opportunity to introduce my self to the Policy Council’s supporters.
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Political speech and journalism that is not first informed by the facts is pointless. Voters who cast their ballots without having an understanding of what they’re voting for might as well be picking the winners of a popularity contest.
Information is the foundation upon which representative government is built. “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in a letter in 1789. The obvious implication is that an ill-informed electorate cannot be trusted to self-govern.
Without government transparency, no free society can truly be informed, and an ill-informed society isn’t free. Or, at least, won’t be free for long.