Watergate is history. The time has come to seek a theoretical perspective on those tumultuous events, to move away from yesterday’s feverish absorption with “the facts” and confront the significance of Watergate for American politics and society—particularly to consider the relative merits of liberal and Marxist attempts to deal with these questions.
The dominant interpretation of Watergate has been a version of Tocquevillean pluralist theory: Watergate has signific...
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