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ERIC Number: EJ820727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Decline of Presidential Ethics
Diggins, John Patrick
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n11 pB8 Nov 2008
Is ethical leadership possible in the politics of this era? Had the question no specific time frame, the answer might be yes, or at least yes and no. In the 21st century, the idea that people can expect ethical leadership in American politics is to believe that hope triumphs over experience. The purpose of politics is no longer to do what is right for the sake of the public good, but to do what is expedient for the sake of the self and its desire for power and fame. Electoral victory is the only game in town, and candidates will do whatever it takes to win. Historically, ethics was the domain of religion. But in America, in these times, religion follows politics rather than leading it. Ethics is supposed to be about ideals that stand above the scrimmage of struggle and success. In this article, the author gives a little background in history and ethics to demonstrate how Americans have come to their current state.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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