Politicians’ Self-Interest and Dishonesty

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Trump has never been known to take honesty as a virtue. Perhaps he simply does not realize that there exists an external reality distinct from his wishes and words, but I will ignore this possibility as a separate hypothesis. The picture painted by Mr. Pence in the WSJ excerpts is consistent with what other high-level collaborators of Trump described in their own recollections. One may think that a ruler’s dishonesty is not catastrophic in a constitutional — that is, limited — government, because the system is supposed to be foolproof against that. … There are many flaws in the hope that a knave can do no bad at the helm of the state as we know it. The first problem is that contemporary democratic governments have acquired irresistible powers to intervene in most areas of life.” (11/11/22)