David Brooks coins a typically nauseating new Brooksian term, then says he wants government and politicians to be less transparent. Here’s why:
Sunshinism is a destructive ideology. Forcing people to financially undress in public is just one of those incursions that repels decent people from running for office… It also destroys people’s faith in government. Have you noticed that as democracy has become more open, cynicism has skyrocketed and the effectiveness of government has gone down the toilet?
It’s telling that (1) Brooks recognizes that the more people learn about government and politicians, the more contemptible they find both, and that (2) his solution to this is not to recognize the inherent corruption of government, and therefore to reduce its influence (Brooks is a big government conservative), it’s to keep growing government, but to also keep people from knowing how awful government really is.