In , Walter Lippmann published The Phantom Public, denouncing the ‘ mystical fallacy of democracy.’ Decrying romantic democratic models that privilege. In , Walter Lippmann published the Phantom Public, arguing for what he referred to as the fallacy of democracy. He wrote, “I have not happened to meet. 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 .

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Keith – – Argumentation 25 3: Only the insiders can make decisions, not because he is inherently a better man but because he is so placed that he can understand and can act. Giles – – M. Selected pages Title Page. Walter Lippmann – – Harvard University Press.

The Phantom Public

A Political Philosophy for Phantmo Democracy. Partisan Disagreement as a Challenge to Democratic Competence. 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.

Trivia About The Phantom Public. Today, the exchange between Lippmann and Dewey continues to be important for the critique of contemporary journalism, and press critics such as New York University ‘s Jay Rosen invoke it to support moves toward civic journalism. Paperbackpages.


lippmann Being linked with President Wilson as Lippman was draws immediate scorn. Aaron Geiger rated it really liked it Aug 28, Is the Public’s Ignorance of Politics Trivial? Carolyn rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Feb 05, Brian rated it did not like it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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.

I would like this in the Kindle Edition, when it comes available. 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.

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Lippmann is openly elitist. Mar 07, Margie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Brady – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 3: Lippmann challenges the core assumption of Progressive politics as well as any theory that pretends to leave political decision publlic in the hands of the people as a whole.

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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. Walter Lippmann, an American political journalist, dominated political journalism in the United States from World War I almost until his death.

The fundamental difference which matters is that between insiders and outsiders. It followed his better-known work Public Opinion and moves further toward disillusionment with democratic politics. Lists with This Book. These slogans become stereotypes, a concept that Lippmann brilliantly analyzed prior to its acceptance by psychologists. The force of the ideas phanton develops make him not so easily dismissed.

In “The Phantom Public”, our favorite grouch directs his ire towards, basically, everyone, pbantom that our bozo citizenry is phzntom 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 the dreaming of someone on shrooms and at worst the fast track towards a society knocking on the doors of hell.