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The Revolt of the Masses (1930)

by José Ortega y Gasset

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"As regards to dictatorships, we have seen only too well how they flatter the mass-man, by trampling on everything that appeared to be above the common level."

Although penned in the early XXth century, very appropriate to those with an open mind on what is happening politically today. ( )
  beebowallace | Feb 5, 2017 |
Surprisingly, and causing disappointment among ideologues of political parties, OyG does not spend much time analyzing "liberal" and "conservative" conflicts, but perceives a rising lay and expert divide. In fact, this 1929 work flatly states that the masses hate experts.

OyG predicts what we see now in the world -- opera companies going bankrupt but pop stars who cannot compose (can you even say Bieber with a straight face) making millions (Beiber made $80 million in 2013). Consumers look at Yelp reviews rather than journalist specialists or experts. Popular Science turned off "comments" because they added so little to the science.

This short book contains many speculations and there is repetition of the points he is making -- perhaps to make certain of the "historicity" he teaches. But I find that OyG addresses issues that still resonate today. For example, the rise of consumerism; the possibility for barbarism to flourish among the wealthy or in tandem with technology; specialization which favors science over the humanities; “the loss of prestige of legislative assemblies.” Disrespect for academic achievement.

OyG looks at and describes dysfunctional society, not from Left and Right, or even rich and poor, but from the perspective of the uninformed social "mass" and the informed scientific elite. A kind of ‘up’ versus ‘down’, individual reasoning vs herd instinct.
4 vote keylawk | Jan 6, 2014 |
Teen flashback FTW!
  beabatllori | Apr 2, 2013 |
Major Phisophical statement. ( )
  jphughessr | Nov 26, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
José Ortega y Gassetprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brouwer, JohanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, J. R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garagorri, PaulinoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goyena, José-LuisPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marias, JulianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrot, LouisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weyl, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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