Rethinking the Crisis of Democratic Theory: Walter Lippmann, John Dewey, and H.L. Mencken in the 1920s

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The talk explores the debates about democracy in the 1920s, when many thinkers questioned the viability of government that rested on mass public opinion. It debunks that idea that the columnist Walter Lippmann was in a “debate” with the philosopher John Dewey, showing instead that Lippmann’s intellectual adversary was the nihilistic, anti-democratic provocateur H.L. Mencken.


Politics Theory and Methodology

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