Is knowledge important?

Alex Himelfarb considers the census debate at some length.

But even those who might be sympathetic to the cries for less government will want whatever government is left standing to work well and efficiently and surely we can all agree that, in a democracy, we must be able to hold our governments accountable for what they choose to do or not to do, for how they spend and for how they cut.  Any government policy – more government, less government, different government – needs to be tested against its consequences for the country and its citizens and, for this, we need reliable data.

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