Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

People with strong ideological feelings tend to pull relatively simple issues into the broader concepts they espouse as a forum for argument. Liberty, freedom and privacy are often the cloaks used because they sound "American," even when it is a stretch. An example is traffic cameras.

The three most common arguments against traffic cameras that catch speeders, illegal turns and red light runners are:

  1. It's an invasion of privacy
  2. It's really a way for local governments to raise revenue
  3. It's a Big Brother threat to liberty

In reality, those are obfuscations of simply using technology to perform a common function that has proven to decrease accidents and deaths. Here are rational responses to the cloudy arguments:

  1. Privacy should not be expected when driving on public roadways under public traffic laws.
  2. Traffic enforcement has always been a source of revenue for government, as have fines in many areas of law where they are assessed against law breakers. If the fines are a source of public revenue, help prevent law breaking and decrease accidents and deaths, they are performing as intended.
  3. Liberty is not the right to break the law as you choose.

There many other instances that should be stripped of their artificial Values Shrouds and decided on common sense - we have enough truly complex issues to address.

“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ― Criss Jami

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