The Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium

Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority around the world.

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Show Notes and Further Reading

Martin Gurri, The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium (book)

A selection from the book is available here: “How a Tsunami of Information Inspired the Revolt of the Public”

James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (book)

Martin Gurri blogs at The Fifth Wave.