This is exactly why I don’t think newspapers should employ Bill Kristol or Bobo:
Brooks: … Why do we make candidates release their tax forms? Has there ever been a case where a presidential decision has been influenced by some bit of information that might appear on a tax form? I doubt it. Has information on a tax form ever influenced anybody’s vote? Never heard of such a case….[….]
My own view is that the desire for full disclosure stems from a few things. First, pure prurience. Second, members of what used to be called the New Class perpetually labor under the delusion that other people dislike the rich as much as they do and if they can only disclose that someone is rich that will end their political chances. Third, there is a misbegotten ideology haunting the land, the ideology of sunshinism. This is the belief that everything should be made public….
It’s sort of okay for people to believe all that Noble Lie stuff about how the wise men should secretly decide everything while the plebes occupy themselves with work and church. That’s not what I believe, but to each his own. But to preach the Noble Lie doctrine while working in a profession dedicated to what Brooks derisively calls “sunshinism”, well that seems fucked up to me.
People wonder why there aren’t a lot of conservative journalists, conservative scientists, etc. They refuse to admit that in many ways, the aims of open discussion and research are incompatible with the aims of conservatism.