In the words of economist and scholar Arnold Kling, Martin Gurri saw it coming. Technology has categorically reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age: government, political parties, the media. The Revolt of the Public tells the story of how insurgencies, enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere, have mobilized millions of ordinary people around the world.
Originally published in 2014, The Revolt of the Public is now available in an updated edition, which includes an extensive analysis of Donald Trump’s improbable rise to the presidency and the electoral triumphs of Brexit. The book concludes with a speculative look forward, pondering whether the current elite class can bring about a reformation of the democratic process and whether new organizing principles, adapted to a digital world, can arise out of the present political turbulence.
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An excerpt from Arnold Kling's foreword
I read the first edition of The Revolt of the Public in early January of 2016, after Virginia Postrel cited it in her column. Since then, it has been the book that I recommend whenever I am in a conversation that turns to the Trump phenomenon or the disturbing state of politics in general.
Because Martin Gurri saw it coming. When, without fanfare, he self-published the first edition as an e-book in June of 2014, he did not specifically name Donald Trump, or Brexit, or the oddball political figures and new fringe parties that have surged all over Europe. But he saw how the internet in general and social media in particular were transforming the political landscape.
Table of ContentsPRELUDE TO A TURBULENT AGE
HODER AND WAEL GHONIM
WHAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT
PHASE CHANGE 2011
A CRISIS OF AUTHORITY
THE FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT
NIHILISM AND DEMOCRACY
CHOICES AND SYSTEMS
FINALE FOR SKEPTICS
RECONSIDERATIONS: TRUMP, BREXIT, AND FAREWELL TO ALL THAT