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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In an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of “direct democracy,” Walter Lippmann’s “The Phantom Public “remains as relevant as ever.
The Phantom Public
It reveals Lippmann at a time when he was most critical of the ills of American democracy. Antipopulist in sentiment, this volume defends elitism as a serious and distinctive intellectual option, one with considerable precursors in the American past.
Lippmann’s demythologized view of the American system of government resonates today. According to Lippmann, the average voter is incapable of governance; what is called the public is merely a “phantom. 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.
In it he came fully to terms with the inadequacy of traditional democratic theory.
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. Walter Lippmann, phanom American political journalist, dominated political journalism in the United States from World War I almost until his death.
In his last year as a student at Harvard University, he was an assistant to the philosopher George Santayana. He read extensively in Freud and was in every sense an “intellectual” journalist.
He came close in this book to questioning whether citizens can possibly make rational, democratic decisions.
The source of the difficulty is not our irrationality but the inherent nature of the modern system of mass communication; information must be condensed into brief slogans. These slogans become stereotypes, a concept that Lippmann brilliantly analyzed prior to its acceptance by psychologists.
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As a political columnist, he wrote on many topics, particularly on foreign relations, and he held a position of prestige in Washington’s press corps that has never been matched. Alastair Buchan wrote in that Walter Lippman was “the name that opened every door.
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