Disclosure Debate Developments

6 Feb

There seems to be a growing number of disclosure concerns in Minnesota’s legal discourse. The Strib has published two editorials that nicely frame the debate.  David Brooks and Gail Colins had a recent back and forth in a similar vein.  Their conversation gets to the nub of growing concern about the balance between Brandaisian disinfectant sunshine and the disheartening effect of brutal, shaming disclosure. In the wake of Citizen’s United and in the face of ubiquitous access to large swaths of data,  this looks to be one of the great questions of contemporary democracy: how do we balance the desire to have dignified individuals choose public service with the desire to have said public servants not govern corruptly, inefficiently, or incompetently.

This is clearly too nuanced of a debate for my Monday morning brain to handle.

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