We've spoken a few times about transparency. About how it affected the financial crisis and its role in corruption. But, I'd go a step further in speaking of its benefits because, at the end of the day, it is about being connected to the truth.
Obfuscation. How's it working out for you?
We currently live in a world where obfuscation and “fake news” are the weapons of the day. As if, clarity is some kind of problem, if people have it with regard to your political opponent. Why is it if people are against this or that political leader, they cant just say the truth about the person, or their reasons for not liking them? Its as if the lie to one's self, is as important as the obfuscation to others.
Occam's razor is one of the weapons you can use to fight conspiracy theories and other types of obfuscation because a lot of the time, although consistent, the conspiracy story just has way too many vague complicated points that are hard to explain.
One of the 911 truth theories, for example has the US government hiding two or three hundred people on a desert island. Its never even explained why they would want to keep these people alive. The vagaries and unanswered questions can kept being made to “connect the dots” with more vagaries and long winded theories and the ultimately reason why this can't work for the logical thinker has to be: the increasing lack of clarity in this approach to explaining things.
But, at the end of the day, I think the most important tool in being a force for clarity and transparency, is to pursue your political goals, without using obfuscations, or conspiracy theories, you don't understand yourself. It's almost as if its becoming a civic duty to get people to stop polluting the rhetorical airways.