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‘Transparency’ from Transgression to Common Sense

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A broad set of reforms in the US to make political and social life more transparent came to fruition between 1966 and 1975—but each for different reasons. Why did greater openness seem at that time the best solution to such disparate concerns as the legislature’s effort to rein in the executive, the desire of liberal members of Congress to get out from under the stranglehold of Southern Democratic committee chairs, or the effort to reduce growing damages to the environment? (Is technology in any way a part of the answer? No. But the absence of technologies that have since become so much a part of our lives may have led to reforms that today seem cumbersome and antiquated.)

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