January 08, 2019

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc / LMMiami.com

  • Imagine if you knew exactly how much your boss makes.
  • Imagine if you knew exactly how much the dealer and the manufacturer are profiting on that new car you want to buy.
  • Apply this to every transaction: from groceries to taxes, from healthcare to education.
  • We’d do away with most of the drama of everyday life.
  • Negotiations would be way more efficient, smooth, fast and aseptic.
  • A fair shake.
  • The antidote to buyer’s remorse.
  • If your business model depends on opacity, find a new one: a stratagem is not a strategy.
  • The privacy mantra is used A LOT to cover up deceit and manipulation.
  • “Privacy” has a way of turning everything into an exhausting game of liars’ poker.
  • A lose-lose situation.
  • You can fool me once but I’ll retaliate eventually either against you or against someone else.
  • A domino effect of bitter individuals trying to exact revenge from a deceptive environment.
  • When you feel you’ve been wronged once and again it kinda gives you a moral pass to screw someone else.
  • The cosmos is against me, f*ck the cosmos.
  • Carte blanche to break the rules.
  • "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi
  • Some people believe we need privacy to protect ourselves from tyrannical governments.
  • Methinks it is quite the opposite.
  • Secrecy, opacity and manipulation are a tyrant’s best friends.
  • In a world without privacy, crime would be way lower.
  • Terrorists, drug dealers, corrupt politicians and pedophiles would have nowhere to hide.
  • The government would spend way less in law enforcement to play cat & mouse with criminals and tax evaders.
  • The IRS would be a much smaller entity.
  • Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would suffer way less fraud.
  • Transparency allows for a far better flow of the checks & balances essential to democracy.
  • Transparency allows the judiciary to breathe down the neck of the other two branches of government to expediently control, when & if necessary, the temptation to abuse power.
  • An vice versa.
  • Problem is, transparency requires a vigilant citizenry who’s willing to stick it out.
  • Privacy is, of course, way more comfortable for a lethargic populace too lazy or cowardly to step up to the plate.
  • To be continued next week.

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