Brian Boyd: Sunlight of tech disinfects Charlottesville

Unhidden by hoods and robes, white nationalists have been caught on camera

There was clear and indisputable video evidence of the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville last weekend. Their faces weren’t hidden under the traditional attire of hoods and robes. Photograph: Edu Bayer/New York Times

There was clear and indisputable video evidence of the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville last weekend. Their faces weren’t hidden under the traditional attire of hoods and robes. Photograph: Edu Bayer/New York Times

All of 100 years ago, a US supreme court justice, Louis Brandeis, had this to say about wrong-doing: “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is the best of disinfectants; electric light is the most efficient policeman.”

Brandeis was referring to the publicity surrounding the “Money Trust” scandal at the time – in which financial institutions were found to have suppressed competition by controlling credit.

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