strengthen, and in some cases to create, "society." But government that enters our lives so pervasively can easily be despotic without new kinds of restraint. Limited government in 1976 depends less on self-regulated mechanisms and more on citizen- regulated politics. Political parties have done more than express the needs and feelings of citizens. They have educated them in the norms and values of democratic politics. With some justice, George Washington Plunkitt asserted that "the parties built this great country."20 And the ideal of civic education through revitalized parties is certainly attractive, only eight years from 1984.