Monday, August 30, 2010
Walter Lippmann summed up the value of Public Opinion long ago. This book was published in 1921. Not surprisingly he recalls Plato's Allegory of a Cave, long a favorite of conservative pundits, as if they see the "real truth," and Democrats like interpreting the shadows on the wall. I haven't read this book, but it does look interesting. Lippmann is one of those figures who seemed to straddle the political divide. He seemed to support government taking a more active role in society and supported Roosevelt's New Deal, but over time developed a position of "moderate detachment."