The topic of ethics in government is hardly new, and yet it is far from maturity. From the Greek democracy of antiquity to the fledgling democracies of the current day, we have struggled to maintain morality and ethics in the governance of our societies and have failed to perfect a method. But that does not, and should not, prevent professors from trying. As Mark Twain once quipped, "To do good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler- and no trouble." It is always easier to tell others how to behave than to do so.
Jon L. Mills, The Future of Governmental Ethics: Law and Morality, 17 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 405 (1999).