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National Editorial: As new scandals show, people who love power are prone to abuse it

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Conservatives and liberals have long debated the most effective way to ensure accountability in government. Conservatives, who usually view human nature as inherently flawed, automatically distrust those exercising official power. Liberals, for whom the perfectibility of man is an article of faith, argue that government is inherently benevolent -- and that officials who would abuse their power...

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