a simple proposal to restore confidence in public data, by el gato malo

Nobody is going to trust anybody who says: trust us, but we won’t show you the data on which we base our decisions and edicts. From el gato malo at boriquagato.substack.com:

if you want trust, let us verify

we inhabit an astonishing time when ever more of our lives and livelihoods are affected by increasingly opaque and unaccountable agencies and systems of technocracy.

they collect the data upon which we rely to render opinions.

they analyze that data to tell us what it means.

and decisions of expansive reach and great moment are made based upon it.

and yet it’s nearly all a black box.

we only see what they want us to see and time after time, they get caught fiddling the figures, making stuff up, using bad math and worse analyses, and cancelling or adulterating every data series that goes against their chosen narratives and pathways.

then they wonder why we won’t trust them.

they empanel blue ribbon committees on “misinformation” as though the problem is just that they are not appealing to enough authority, stifling enough speech, and censoring enough people.

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these “misinformation” summits are the death rattles of an embattled clerisy desperate to reclaim its shattered credibility.

but it does not work like that.

doubling and tripling down on the selfsame shenanigans that got us here is not going to work.

everyone has seen this movie before.

they know the ending.

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