The Watergate Scandal Argumentative Essay by hicaliber

The Watergate Scandal
This paper argues that the Watergate scandal and other political scandals provided a means for reinforcing American moral values.
# 94913 | 2,490 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on May 11, 2007 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Sociology (Theory) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explains that the Watergate scandal represented a crisis situation in which the public, the elites and the media, driven by solidarity, collaborated to eliminate an evil so that the social body could continue its normal existence. The author points out that the Watergate scandal proves that society is a moral phenomenon organically driven by the desire to defend the principles of morality because of its awareness of the fundamental importance played by these principles. The paper suggests that political scandal serves as an interruption of the profane everyday living and inserts a sacred dimension. This dimension renews the forces of the society by identifying and eliminating an evil while simultaneously remembering and reinforcing society's basic principles.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexander, J., "Watergate and the Durkhemian Sociology"
  • Bellah, R., "Civil Religion in America" in "The Broken covenant: Civil Religion in time of trial", Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1967
  • Durkheim, Emile, "The concept of the state", in Anthony Giddens, ed. Durkheim on Politics and the State, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1986
  • D. D'Souza, "What's So Great About America", New York: Penguin Books, 2003

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