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Openness as a weapon…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 26, 2008


“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy
should be the weapon of openness.”
—Niels Bohr

I have been responsible for a lot of Internet Groups. I was often advised to deal with any conflicts in private. I generally refused. There were many reasons for this – one was the fact that openness was the best assurance that any abuse that might occur was witnessed. Another was that when things are done in private people have a tendency to erupt into rumors and innuendos about what is really going on, which in the end result in disruptions worse than the original conflict.

True democracy is based on openness. Both between individuals and between the individual and the State. Openness is empowering. We need openness. Or we are no better than the worst dictator.

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One Response to “Openness as a weapon…”

  1. I agree with you on the concept of openness, Henric. I think there would be a lot less problems in the world if people had more than one side of any given story to go by. Politically, I feel that governments should adopt a true policy of openness with their colleagues as well as with the people they’re supposed to be leading. I feel the same way about internet groups. Too often, people make rash judgments based on nothing more than what one person said, rather than trying to seek out the bigger picture…

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