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Should politicians and public servants be required to be entirely transparent?
Politicians and public servants should be required to be entirely transparent.
If people choose someone to represent their will, they need to be sure that this person trusts these people and does what they want them to do. A public leader's life belongs to their people. So not a single action of such people should be secret from those who elected them.
Conflicts of interest would be clearly obvious, before and after election.
Many claims made regarding positions on economy or social policy could more easily be validated.
It would reduce the number of candidates who have covert or otherwise ill intentions from even applying for office.
International diplomacy and national security among other things require secrecy.
Privacy is a fundamental human right and should be respected regardless of who the person is.
Focusing on politician's personal lives can detract from real life political issues.
Fear of their personal lives being scrutinized may make people refrain from joining politics altogether.
How transparency is defined would be a contentious process, and prone to the construction of and exploitation of loopholes.
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