Essay: The Public Life of Secrecy

"We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space, and protect. But we come to understand its dangers too: how it is used to oppress and exclude; what can befall those who come too close to secrets they were not meant to share; and the price of betrayal. "

Just so, and aptly enough, opens the book Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation, a new study by Harvard Lecturer...

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