Spare Me Your Transparency, Please.

With the possible exception of Mother’s Day, there is no policy suggestion as widely admired and blandly unobjectionable than the idea that we should have “more transparency.” 
Apparently we don't really care how many calories we're eating. Photographer: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

With the possible exception of Mother's Day, there is no policy suggestion as widely admired and blandly unobjectionable than the idea that we should have "more transparency." Libertarians love it because it can function as a substitute for more onerous regulation; liberals love it because the government is making companies play fair. It's the one thing that everyone can agree on, which is why we've had a lot of recent regulation -- from displaying calorie counts to various health-care measures -- that aim to give consumers more information about the various folks they buy goods and services from.

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