Phantom Public

Phantom Public

by Lippmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560006773

ISBN-13: 9781560006770

Pub. Date: 09/14/2006

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of "direct democracy," Walter Lippmann's The Phantom Public remains as relevant as ever. 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

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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. 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.

The Phantom Public discusses the "disenchanted man" who has become disillusioned not only with democracy, but also with reform. According to Lippmann, the average voter is incapable of governance; what is called the public is merely a "phantom." In terms of policy-making, the distinction should not be experts versus amateurs, but insiders versus outsiders. 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 his biography Walter Lippmann and the American Century, Ronald Steel praised The Phantom Public as "one of Lippmann's most powerfully argued and revealing books. 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. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560006770
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
09/14/2006
Series:
Library of Conservative Thought Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,111,170
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Ch. IThe Disenchanted Man3
Ch. IIThe Unattainable Ideal12
Ch. IIIAgents and Bystanders30
Ch. IVWhat the Public Does44
Ch. VThe Neutralization of Arbitrary Force53
Ch. VIThe Question Aristotle Asked67
Ch. VIIThe Nature of a Problem71
Ch. VIIISocial Contracts85
Ch. IXThe Two Questions Before the Public97
Ch. XThe Main Value of Public Debate100
Ch. XIThe Defective Rule105
Ch. XIIThe Criteria of Reform115
Ch. XIIIThe Principles of Public Opinion133
Ch. XIVSociety in Its Place145
Ch. XVAbsentee Rulers163
Ch. XVIThe Realms of Disorder177
Index191

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