In it he came fully to terms with the inadequacy of traditional democratic theory.” This volume is part of a continuing series on the major works of Walter Lippmann . In an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of “direct democracy,” Walter Lippmann’s The Phantom Public remains as. In an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of “direct democracy,” Walter Lippmann’s “The Phantom Public “remains as relevant as ever.

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The Phantom Public

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In an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of “direct democracy,” Walter Lippmann’s “The Phantom Public “remains as relevant as ever. Lippmann’s demythologized view of the American system of government resonates today.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. In it he came fully to terms with the inadequacy of traditional democratic theory. The Phantom Public is a book published in by journalist Walter Lippmann in which he expresses his lack of faith in the democratic system by arguing that the public exists merely as an illusion, myth, and inevitably a phantom.

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The outsider is necessarily ignorant, usually irrelevant and often meddlesome, because he is trying to navigate the ship from dry land. Their relations to a problem are radically different.

Transaction Publishers; 1 edition January 1, Language: Sep 01, Martha marked it as wishlist. I first read Walter “Cranky Pants” Lippmann my freshman year in college “Drift and Mastery” ; my nocturnal adolescent self particularly cherished his line about how societal norms force intelligent people to conform to sheep-scripts in order to maintain the respect of their peers — sweet sweet nectar to the brain of someone from a Midwestern nerd-school newly adrift on the Gothic campus of an upper-crusty liberal arts college.

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Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. Ibraham rated it really liked it Jul 08, Further, starting from the pretense that people are bad decision makers, those who actually govern the society need to be isolated from the democratic process.

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The philosophies made me sick to my stomach because they are elitist and imply that The People don’t have rights because they’re too stupid to operate as a group. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: One should read this though to get a good grasp of how the elite members of government and media learned to treat the public. For it is the pursuit of their special affairs that they are most interested in” Lippmann challenges the core assumption of Progressive politics as well as any theory phajtom pretends to leave political decision making in the hands of the people as a whole.

The idea things are so complex that ordinary men can’t really govern reminds me of the Hobbesian notion that people thw inherently corrupt and driven to abuse power for their own unseemly purposes and thus we need to concentrate power in the hands of a monarch.

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It reveals Lippmann at a time when he was most critical of the ills of American democracy. It reveals Lippmann at a time when he was most critical of the ills of American democracy. Lippmann challenges the core assumption of Progressive politics as well as any theory that pretends to leave political decision making in the hands of the people as a whole.

At times his prose was brilliant, I agreed and yet I wasn’t sure I was agreeing with what I would think was true, like he was a politician running for office and making his position sound good to get elected but it really was terrible for almost everyone.

Anna rated it it was amazing Jul 16, The real folly is not that the ordinary citizen is too lippmanh informed to manage society; the real folly is that people are capable of being well informed enough to manage much more than their own lives.

As more and more Americans are inclined to become apathetic to the political system, this classic will be essential reading for students, teachers, and researchers of political science and history.

Only those familiar enough with the substance of a problem are able to then analyze it and propose solutions, to take “executive action.

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