When Transparency Really Means Tyranny
 
When Transparency Really Means Tyranny
Written By Joel Erickson   |   07.08.17

In his recent video for PragerU, National Review senior fellow David French illuminates the political buzzword of “transparency” and the Left’s illicit application of the concept to the private citizen. While the government possesses an obligation to be transparent in its exercise of your tax dollars, privacy is an individual right, and no government is entitled to know whether or not you donate to a nonprofit like IFI.

With echoes of Lord Action’s famous “power corrupts” aphorism, French explains the gravity of capitulating to the Left’s demand for citizen transparency—the disclosure of your personal donations to private nonprofits breeds governmental abuse through exposing you to your political opponents. A country where you only possess free speech if you disregard the repercussions is a country that violates your individual rights.

We highly recommend this five minute PragerU video to you and your family:

French concludes, “While government transparency is an obligation, privacy is an individual right, protected by the First Amendment.”

Joel Erickson
Joel Erickson studies philosophy and English at Wheaton College. He’s passionate about Christian education and critical thinking and works as a debate coach for Ethos Debate and a Teacher’s Assistant in Wheaton’s philosophy department. In his free time, he enjoys reading and hanging out with friends and family....
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