Public officials and private citizens share a common, human nature

….This idea of government office as an especially noble calling is false: human nature does not change when a man or woman enters public office.  People are self-interested by nature, and this nature does not change when one sits behind a government desk.

Of public and private, one is neither better nor worse than the other.  It’s the insistence that public life is a better way that presents countless problems for society.  There’s as much virtue in being a baker as there is in being governor.

Via Public Choice Theory Inoculates People from Poor Policy @ Daily Adams.

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