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Public trust

The concept of public trust relates back to the origins of democratic government, and its seminal idea that; within the public, lies the true power and future of a society, therefore, whatever trust the public places in its officials must be respected.

A famous example of the betrayal of public trust is in the story of Julius Caesar, who was killed by Roman senators who believed they had to act drastically to preserve the republic against his (alleged) monarchical ambitions.

Breaches of public trust:

Watergate, corporate accounting scandals, Whitewater , Lewinsky scandal, Iran-contra, Covert military operations,

consequences: Mussolini,

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