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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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Only those familiar enough with the substance of a problem are able to then analyze it and propose solutions, to take “executive action. An Essay in Political Inquiry. The Dewey-Lippmann Debate Today: I read a lot but this book made me feel uneasy because I wasn’t sure I was getting the intended message and for that I feel annoyed.

The Phantom Public

Partisan Disagreement as a Challenge to Democratic Competence. It’s a classic of the elite nihilistic attitude towards the masses, astoundingly pessimistic, Lippmann puts into ;hantom suited for the very common person a total denunciation of that person’s abilities.

Phagspa rated it liked it Aug 12, Only the insiders can make decisions, not because he is inherently a better man but because he is so placed that he can lip;mann and can act.

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This is one of series of reprints of books long out of print. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The Phantom Public discusses phantlm “disenchanted man” who has become disillusioned not only with democracy, but also with reform.

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Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. In his last year as a student at Harvard University, he was an assistant to the philosopher George Santayana. The outsider is necessarily ignorant, usually irrelevant and often meddlesome, because he is trying to navigate the ship from dry land.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Science Logic and Mathematics. Thr “The Phantom Public”, our favorite grouch directs his ire towards, basically, everyone, stating that our thd citizenry is too dim-witted to be entrusted with voting, that the notion of an educated populace is hogwash, and that any hope of a political process approaching anything other than dog-pooh is at best lipmann dreaming of someone on shrooms and at worst the fast track towards a society knocking on the doors of hell.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Antipopulist in sentiment, this As Carl Bybee wrote, “For Lippmann the public was a lippmnan fiction and government was primarily an administrative problem to be solved as efficiently as possible, so that people could get on with their own individualistic pursuits”.

Lippmann’s demythologized view publuc the American system of government resonates today. One should read this though to get a good grasp of how the elite members of government and media learned to treat the public. 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.

Transaction Publishers; 1 edition January 1, Language: In it he came fully to terms with the inadequacy of traditional democratic theory. It reveals Lippmann at a time when he was most critical of the ills of American democracy.

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However, it is classic poli sci literature. Walter Lippmann and the Public Philosophy. Find it on Scholar. 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 of I would advise people to read this, and read it slowly.

Super pessimistic about the average person. Public opinion responds to failures in the administration of government by deciding, through voting, whether to throw one party out in favor or another. That check on arbitrary force is the most that can be expected of the public.

Brady – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 3: 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 lippmann running for office and making his position sound good to get elected but it really was terrible for almost everyone.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. 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. Lippmann counters that the public is none of those things but a “mere phantom,” an abstraction 77 embedded in a “false philosophy” that depends on a “mystical notion of Society ” It’s at times thought provoking.

Oldie, but a goodie. Mark Whipple – – Te Theory 23 2: