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What American Moral Leadership Should Look Like

At a time when so many American politicians have become a disgrace to their offices, it is easy to forget what real public service entails. The top leaders of past generations were guided not by ambition or self-preservation, but by duty to their country and those less fortunate than themselves.

November 27, 2019: William Ruckelshaus, whose resignation as US deputy attorney general alongside Attorney General Elliot Richardson proved critical to the downfall of President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 87. In an era riven by populist mendacity and arrogance, his life stands apart for its devotion to public service and simple decency. This recent PS Long Read recounts Ruckelshaus’s long service to his country.