A Letter From the Publisher: May 25, 1987

Since it was introduced last January, TIME's Ethics section has examined the dilemmas of conscience posed by such modern practices as surrogate motherhood, tests and treatments for AIDS, removal of feeding tubes from terminally ill patients and advances in genetic engineering. This week our ethical inquiry is set on a much wider stage. It is an exploration of the rules and practices of American politics, business and society at large.

Helping frame the issues and answer the questions are the authors of this week's cover stories: Senior Writer Walter Shapiro, Associate Editors Stephen Koepp and Richard Stengel and National Political Correspondent...

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