Of fads and sunlight

Reason #1 million and something why I love my students: they keep me intellectually honest!

So I write in December about how we need to beware of the temptation to follow the next shiny new thing and then I write last week about how excited I am about the transparency movement (I have a category of “My New Favorite Thing”, of all things, so obviously I’m vulnerable to this same temptation), and a former student and I then begin a conversation about the limits of transparency and, in fact, its drawbacks.

And that led me to dig out an article I’d been carrying around since before Christmas (written, interestingly, by an advisory board member of the Sunlight Foundation),

3 responses to “Of fads and sunlight

  1. Oh, Melinda. I wish I still had your class so I could ask you all the things I want to get your perspective on…. Health Care: the current bill has to get to the President as soon as possible, yes? At least that’s what I just told Rep. Cleaver; SCOTUS: WHAT!? How much more power will we give corporate America? Will McCain do something? Will Obama do something?; Jay Leno’s hosting the Correspondent’s Dinner and Conan O’Brien’s leaving NBC!!??

    What’s wrong with the world!!!???

    (On a semi-related note, I thought this NYT op-ed did a fantastic job of summarizing what you commented to me on here a couple of weeks ago… http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/opinion/11geoghegan.html?scp=4&sq=filibuster&st=cse)

    • Great to hear from you, Jason! And I’m glad that we can still ‘talk’ on here, at least! I hope that your classes are going well this semester, too! Thanks for sending the NYT link; I’m even more convinced about the need for Senate reform, obviously. I’d take several more bad laws passed between 1994-2006, if we could get something good through now. I don’t know if getting something rammed through now is possible, given the considerable distance between the House and Senate positions, or certainly wise, given the common view that the MA vote was a ‘referendum’ on universal health care (from the one state with it!). All that said, it may be the only option. The Supreme Court ruling is, to me, a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself. It’s totally logical and morally necessary if you view corporations as sentient beings deserving of the same constitutional protections as individuals. If you think that’s crazy, then, of course, the decision is really concerning, even dangerous. It’s that way of looking at corporations that drives policies like NAFTA’s rulings that corporations can sue governments for ‘appropriating profits’ with their environmental rulings, and it underlies the rationale for the decision yesterday.

      I love to hear your thoughts, and I so appreciate the chance to bounce things off you–let me know what else is on your mind!

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