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Sheldon S. Wolin and Nicholas Xenos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133645

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.001.0001

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(p.363) Chapter 19 Editorial
Fugitive Democracy

Sheldon S. Wolin

, Nicholas Xenos
Princeton University Press

For nearly two decades, Americans have witnessed, experienced, and been shaped by the steady corruption of the public realm and its modes of discourse. The deceptions of Vietnam and Watergate were the climactic moments in this experience but not the sole instances of a condition in which the experiment of a politics without trust is being attempted. This chapter reflects upon the most recent episode, the purloined briefing papers made available to the Reagan campaign organizers. At issue is not whether the Reagan campaign was as corrupt as Nixon's, but the different ways in which the Reagan administration is corrupt and what corruption now means.

Keywords:   political theory, politicians, systematic lying, misrepresentation, public discourse, Ronald Reagan

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