The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millenium

By Martin Gurri,

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How insurgencies-enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere-have mobilized millions of ordinary people around the world.

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…

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2 authors picked The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millenium as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Have you wondered why there has been such a dramatic decline in trust in public institutions in recent years?

In The Revolt of the Public, Gurri argues that the rise of digital technology has allowed people to more easily share information and bypass traditional gatekeepers. Gone are the days from my own youth when most people relied on just a few established news sources. People today are more exposed to stories—either real or imagined—of corruption, incompetence, and misinformation from established institutions.

This has contributed to the rise of populism and political extremism, facilitated by social media where people can organize…

From John's list on explaining political polarization.

At the risk of being superficial, I must recommend that you purchase a hard copy of this book –the people at Stripe Press put together a particularly beautiful volume.

The content is great too. In fact, this is probably the best book I have read for making sense of our current political moment. Former CIA analyst Martin Gurri explains how the internet has massively increased the amount of information that is available to us – and how this has helped to destabilize government, intellectual, and media elites. 

Gurri also details how the internet has helped give regular people and populist…

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