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Category Archives: the public
For those who prefer image to text, here is the video of my presentation to the Hannah Arendt Center’s conference on “Crises of Democracy” at Bard College.
With Elites and With the Truth, It’s Complicated Three years ago I remarked that the public was engaged in a messy divorce from the elites who run the great institutions of the industrial age. That bit of scandal is by … Continue reading
The Tipping-point of Revolt In 2016, a furious political tempest ravaged the democratic world. Popular politicians – presidents and prime ministers – were toppled from on high and hurled into oblivion. Exotic creatures, originating far from the old mainstream, were … Continue reading
The Pretense of Objectivity The ideology of news makes two moral claims: that it is complete, and that it is objective. News, in other words, provides consumers with just the right amount of information necessary to function as citizens, and … Continue reading
Candidates From the Lab We already know the most significant truth about the 2016 presidential elections: that it is yet another brawl in the running global conflict between an alienated public and the institutions and elites that manage the established … Continue reading
That the British vote to leave the European Union is a textbook example of the revolt of the public I take to be beyond dispute. The Conservative prime minister strongly opposed the exit initiative, as did the Labour and Social … Continue reading