Openness brings risk. We all take the keys from the car and lock the doors when we leave it parked. While the need to secure our infrastructure is clear, it is more important to maintain, reward and enhance the creation and transmission of information, money, goods, services, and people.
But for 100 years collectivists right and left declared that our open society would be easy to infiltrate and destroy. We’re here. The Nazis and Communists are gone. Today, the open society, the agora, is attacked by new enemies who fear knowledge. In Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics Jane Jacobs identified the dichotomy between the commercial ethos and the guardian way. Secrecy is important to police forces, armies, charities, and socialist economies. On the other hand, scientists, farmers, and merchants depend on open communication.
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