I recently listened to a very interesting episode of In Our Time about Aristotle’s Politics. The thing that struck me most during the discussion was the idea that in ancient times it was the ideal of rulers to be seen seeking after "Virtue" (as opposed to land, money, power, etc). Obviously most acted in ways contrary to their stated intention but when was it that our leaders stopped even mentioning it? Or is it the same thing as Culture War politics and "family values"?