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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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It does not reason, investigate, invent, persuade, bargain or settle” Unfortunately this text is not nearly as popular as Lippmann’s precursor work “Public Opinion”. They initiate, they administer, and they settle. To ask other readers questions about The Phantom Publicplease sign up. This is the view that justifies dictatorships of the proletariat, a talented tenth and bureaucracy. The outsider is necessarily ignorant, usually irrelevant and often meddlesome, because he is trying to navigate the ship from dry land.

Carolyn rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Lippmann challenges the core phanfom of Progressive politics as well as any theory that pretends to leave political decision making in the hands of the people as a whole.

Find out about the man, who he worked with and what he did in the early ‘s. Do the Facts Speak for Themselves? It is aroused at evil made manifest by the interruption of a habitual process of life. Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. I believe this quote from the text sums up the general framework: Pubic followed his better-known work Public Opinion and moves further toward disillusionment with democratic politics.

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However, I thinks its wise to read a view point other than your own. This is a more entertaining read than Public Opinion, both more clearly cynical and also written in a much more chummy style.

Super pessimistic about the average person. Such a conception of society “economizes the attention of men as members of the public, and asks them to do as little as possible in matters where they can do nothing very well.


Dec 17, Manda Lea rated it really liked it. I learned about the bleak outlook with which Progressives view The Puvlic. The fundamental difference which matters is that between insiders and lhantom. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Crowd manipulation Managing the news Media manipulation. Lippmann is openly elitist.

Review “Lippmann’s clear exposition of the simple truths of democratic politics offers an excellent example of the value of carefully fashioned political theory to the undestanding and practice of governing.

They do not direct continuously political affairs; instead, they occasionally mobilize in majorities to support or oppose the people who actually govern. Selected Letters of Walter Lippmann. Most of the time, however, the public is just a “deaf spectator in the back row’ 13 because, for the most part, individuals are more interested in their private affairs and their individual relations than in those matters that govern society, the public questions about which they know very little.

Liplmann idea things are so complex that ordinary men can’t really govern ppublic me of the Hobbesian notion that people are 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. According to Lippmann, the average voter is incapable of governance; what is called the public is merely a “phantom.

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Is the Public’s Ignorance of Politics Trivial? The agent is someone who can act “executively” on the basis of his own opinions to address the substance of an issue, and the bystander is the public, merely a spectator of action. Showing of 4 reviews. Jo rated it really liked it Dec 20, I thought Communism was dead in this country, but I have been brought back to the sickening reality th I learned about the bleak outlook with which Progressives view The People. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


The public will arrive in the middle of the third act and will leave before the last curtain, having stayed just long enough perhaps to decide who is the hero and who the villain of the piece. 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.

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Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. 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. Write a customer review. If society is to be managed, it must be managed without having to answer to all the fools clamouring for the irrational through their legislative representatives.

The Phantom Public

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. Library of Conservative Thought Paperback: Evidence of nonconformity can therefore be indicative of a need for public involvement.

A Political Philosophy for Liberal Democracy. I found it interesting that piblic the movie “13 Days” that the President leaked disinformation to Lippmann because he knew Lippmann would blab it to the Russians.