Premise #1: Government exists to solve collective problems with greater efficiency and effectiveness than is possible by any one citizen acting alone.
Premise #2: Citizens generally do not have an ability to opt-out of their government due to practical considerations like jobs, family, property ownership, and immigration restrictions.
Premise #3: Public servants accept, on some level, that their livelihood is dependent upon their seriousness of purpose and fidelity to the public’s trust.
Conclusion: Public servants have special moral obligations over and above their counterparts in other occupations, given the average citzen’s relative inability to shop for a better government elsewhere.
Given this, what do we owe them?
Andy Lowenthal is a public sector strategy consultant. Follow him on Twitter.