Our Politicians Have Ever Decreasing Legitimacy Even As They Amass Ever Riches Our Financiers Are Now Morally And Intellectually Bankrupt In Their Different Ways Politicians And Those Who Control The Private Economy System Claim To Be Acting In The Public Interest Yet We, The Public, Have Little Say In Decision Making And Almost No Power To Change The Terms Of A Series Of Increasingly Absurd Debates About Economic And Foreign Policy How Have We Been Excluded From So Many Discussions About The Public Interest Dan Hind Traces How, Historically, Political And Intellectual Elites Constructed Deeply Ambiguous Ideas Of The Public, Designed To Serve Their Own Ends And Preserve The Status Quo After The Second World War, As Women, Ethnic Minorities, The Young, And The Working Majority Became Assertive And Self Confident, The Propertied And Their Allies In The State Made Fresh Attempts To Deny Most Of Us A Public Identity The Financial Crisis, And The Ability Of Those Who Caused It To Preside Over Policy Making In Its Aftermath, Have Made It Impossible To Ignore What Has Long Been Obvious The Institutions On Which Most Of Us Rely For Our Knowledge Of The Wider World Have Become Radically And Demonstrably Unaccountable And Unsafe For Decades, The Public Has Been Told To Leave Democracy To The Experts Now, Hind Outlines A Way Forward For A New Participatory Politics, One Based On The Wholesale Reform Of The Media After The Failure Of The Private, Now Is The Time For The Return Of The Public. SERIOUS ABOUT DEMOCRACY Dan Hinds position is straightforward actually existing democracy, particularly in the neo liberal era, is crippled by the lack of opportunity for an informed Public to emerge and take an active role in social, political and economic policy The current dispensation in the world of the media has been remarkably deficient in delivering the facts about the contemporary world to Public notice.The content of the modern media is for the most part a diet of celebrity slop, lifestyle trivia, mendacious advertisements, regurgitated PR releases, in short a plethora of pointlessness Bad enough one might think, until one considers the treatment given to important issues in the social, political and economic spheres Here Hind makes the salient point that a media that in large part connived with the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 has provided a or less congenial climate for thirty odd years of neo liberal political economy and signally failed to spot the 2007 8 Financial crisis coming signally forgot that the ongoing economic crisis originated in the private sector and, with a unity that would impress the North Korean dictators
Starts off a little dry and pretentious but becomes accessible as it moves on The author proposes publicly commissioned journalism and scientific research It doesn t sound likely, but then, as the author points out, divine rule seemed inevitable in the past.
- 252 pages
- The Return of the Public
- Dan Hind
- 11 March 2019 Dan Hind