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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The Phantom Public

Brady – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 3: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Is the Public’s Ignorance of Politics Trivial? 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.

Their relations to a problem are radically different.

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For it is the pursuit of their special affairs that they are most interested in” Jan 23, Heather Bielecki rated it liked it. The fundamental difference which matters is that between insiders and 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 an era disgusted with politicians and the various instruments of “direct democracy,” Walter Lippmann’s The Phantom Public remains as relevant as ever. Interesting Tidbits Lippmann sees little real difference between competing political groups.

The Phantom Public by Walter Lippmann

Paperbackpages. Quotes from The Phantom Public. Find it on Scholar. Feb 05, Brian rated it did not like it Shelves: Lippmann’s demythologized view of the American system of government resonates today.

Keith – – Argumentation 25 3: Mar 07, Margie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Jason rated it did not like it Mar 01, It reveals Lippmann at a time when he was most critical of the ills of American democracy. As phblic 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 publiic and history. Michael Burns rated it liked it Aug 19, Walter Lippmann, an American political journalist, dominated political journalism in the United States from World Kippmann I almost until his death.

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I felt totally annoyed when I finished this book and I’m not sure I know why. History of Western Philosophy.

I found it interesting that in the movie “13 Days” that the President leaked disinformation to Lippmann because he knew Lippmann would blab it to the Russians. As Carl Bybee wrote, “For Lippmann the public was a theoretical 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”. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Lippmann is openly elitist. Evidence of nonconformity can therefore be indicative of a need for pulbic involvement. Sarah rated it really liked it Mar 22, Mark Whipple – – Sociological Theory 23 2: In it he came fully to terms with the inadequacy of traditional democratic theory.

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It can exert force upon those capable of direct action only by making a judgment as to which group is better able to address the problem at hand: Retrieved from ” https: Brice Laurent – – Science and Engineering Ethics 17 4: In “The Phantom Public”, our favorite grouch directs his ire towards, basically, everyone, stating that our bozo 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 the dreaming of someone on shrooms and at worst the fast track towards a society knocking on the doors of hell.

Their relations to a problem are radically different. I would like this in the Kindle Edition, when it comes available.