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The Revolt of the Masses

The Revolt of the Masses [Kindle Edition]

Jose Ortega y Gasset , Mary Duffy , Marciano Guerrero

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From Plato to Rousseau, to John Locke, and to our contemporary Francis Fukuyama, political theorists have attempted to look back to find he agents of change of civilization. In the Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega y Gasset focuses on the phenomenon of the mass-man as the source of the changes --for ill or good-- in the European and American societies.

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  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for an understanding of our times and the events of the twentieth century leading up to it 19 April 2013
By Jan Harm van der Walt - Published on
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The little known book gives by far the most clear and thought provoking explanation for the social phenomena of our times, and the events in the twentieth century which informs and underpins these events. The arguments presented are based on the following observation: The "masses" are in revolt. By the "masses" are understood to be those people who in their own eyes have no special quality or qualification which singles them out. The "revolt" which Ortega speaks of is not a primarily political one, but a revolt against the very destiny of the mass man. This revolt is seen in the way in which the masses occupy the spaces and institutions of civilization, created for minorities by minorities. The mass man enjoys all the benefits of civilization, without giving a thought as to the enormous effort that went into obtaining these benefits, considering the marvels of civilization as a mere product of nature, like the air he breaths.

The consequences of this new mass man and his revolt is investigated in several different settings, including politics and science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books of our era 9 Aug 2013
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Read this book. If you don't walk away with a deeper and broader understanding of our modern condition, I'll eat my hat. Gasset wasn't a class warrior or an elitist. He was a keen observer of humanity and the times. He shows us that what divides us is our willingness to challenge ourselves to be better. Our conception of self as either mass (think Sarah Palin) or specially qualified divides us, and tha mass have taken over. America's love affair with "everyday Americans" is the rot in the foundation of society. Read this book to find the inspiration to become exceptional, and the humility to follow those who already are
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me laugh 7 Mar 2014
By David Thierry - Published on
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The author writes about the masses, just anyone with a college degree and money, taking the place of the elite, Royals and their kind, in the governing of Nations, sometimes called Democracy. De'Tocqueville made similar observations writing in the 1830's Democracy in America. Interesting consequences and developments. In the long run it is still flawed human beings making decisions. House of Lords, no Thanks. I'll take my chances with often clueless commoners. Humanity makes slow progress but evolution is unavoidable.
He makes a lot of points that make me laugh. It's not a dry read. It is an observation of a power shift.
4.0 out of 5 stars It is amazing how much of what Gasset observed in 1930 is ... 13 Aug 2014
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As Niall Ferguson recenlty said of some choice passages in "Wealth of Nations" regarding the 'stationary state', 'I defy the Western reader not to feel an uneasy sense of recognition in contemplating [this book]'. It is amazing how much of what Gasset observed in 1930 is still true today, if not even more so.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Sep 2014
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This book should be mandatory reading.
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