There's a little flaw in many of the discussions going on around wikileaks and the erodeing of our democracies.
I agree that opening up the information flows out of governance is a good thing and would improve the situation somewhat.
The flaw is ; None of these "secrets" are actually secrets. One person can have a secret, two people have a conspiracy. All these "secrets" are known by numerous people. Wasn't there something like 2 or 3 million people that had access to some of the leaks? The point is, that it is the nature of the people in the positions of influence that is the core problem. Change the rules? Who cares? We have enough rules if followed to maintain a fairly equitable and free society. It's what's in the hearts of men that determines their behaviour.
At the moment it apears that we are heartsick!! The leaders that abuse their position are supported by a vast network of complicet people. One may not see the whole story but one can smell a bad fish in a large room. And in many ways even those that see and disagree are still somewhat complicet in that we still interact with aspects that we know are tainted.
The bit that really astounds me about the current grab back of power/wealth is its absolute stupidity. It pisses of the proles, their spending power is reduced, the value of fixed assest declines. The pool that they scim is diminished. What? Isn't that counter productive?
If the population is looked after properly they are willing participants in society, they are healthier and more productive, the cost of suppression is released into the pool which is larger anyway, and the scim off would be so much greater at lesser percentages. And everyone feels good. (mostly)
What, are they buiding spaceships or something? Ha Ha?