Nation: Goto v. Publius in the White House

WHAT is the ideology of the Nixon Administration? Some critics on the left think of it exclusively as an amalgam of Main Street values, Southern strategy and corporate mentality. Such a description is often slapped on in primary colors, and can come close to caricature. In fact, the Administration in its first year evolved through a series of policies that were in many ways ideologically inconsistent. A gesture toward the conservative (the Haynsworth nomination, for example) would be countered by an interventionist policy (such as the Philadelphia Plan). The President embodies both an...

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