Secretive and Unresponsive Governance Requires A New “Civil Rights Movement”
Unfortunately, the need to trust government is too often misaligned with the reality that government cannot be trusted. Governments are big machines with numerous parts, so no one can expect all public officials to be trustworthy. The most harmful aspect of dysfunctional government is, however, the culture that rationalizes dishonesty and misdoings in the pursuit alleged “national interests.” The only way to overcome this culture is to change the culture in government. Cultural changes, however, require intense and prolonged campaigns of social, e.g. political, pressure that target the dishonesty and misdoings of all political figures on both sides of the aisle.