Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Officials and lawyers tend to act as if they were Platonists. That
is, they talk about conflicts of interest as if they existed in a
ideal form, divorced from reality.
Many government ethicists, including me, see conflicts of interest
as things that exist in the real world, a world where the public
is concerned that officials seek to use their office to help
themselves and those with whom they have special relationships, such
as family members and business associates. What is odd...