Martin Gurri, philosopher and social scientist

I am pleased to announce that Martin Gurri is joining Mercatus as an affiliated scholar.  As you probably may know, Martin is the author of The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium, one of the more important and more prophetic social science books of our time.

Here is Martin’s recent short piece for Mercatus on revolt, populism, and reaction.  Here is a 21-minute podcast with Martin.

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Gurri's revolt, populism, reaction piece highlights one glaring omission of populist rage: no mass movements of populist rage against Tech Tyrants and Tech Tyrannies have emerged (MG cites Warren's hectoring of Zuckerberg, but she's an Establishment hack).

How is it that tech-fashioned social media platforms do not yield raging publics ready to bite the hands feeding them with expensive tech gadgetry and the expensive service contracts that help fund operations?

Would/Could this lacuna in mass populist rage signal that tech tyrants ARE manipulating their respective publics to rage against all edifices of power and influence . . . except their own?

MG also fails to emphasize how social media platforms leverage "atomized truth": multiple responses to discrete facts and discrete episodes--no matter how numerous--are rarely self-aggregating, and few comprehensive or holistic accounts exist outside of social media to which atomized, discrete perspectives refer themselves.

(Holy Science itself does not qualify as any "comprehensive or holistic narrative" to repair to, since most of humanity lacks scientific training and expertise.)

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Friom the written article:

For the first time in human experience, the decisive struggle was over information rather than power
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More like the fifth or sixth time.
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The rise of the public as a leading actor on the political stage, and the angry impulse to repudiate the established order, provide the theme for the 2010s. The decade ended in a flood tide of revolt—and the meaning of it all is up for grabs.
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An old story, goes back to Homo Erectus. Information technology shock is a good name. Papyrus to Phoenician characters to Roman parchment to Greek grammar to Catholic religious literature, to the arrival of paper to the arrival of moveable type to the powered rotary press to telegraph to telephone switch boards to broadcast radio to televiision to the web, and it is not stopping. It i accelerating.

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My populist leader cuts taxes primarily for wealthy elites and preserves a variety of loopholes for hedge funds and private equity billionaires all paid for by future generations. If that is populism then Jamie Dimon and Mark Zuckerberg day: “serve me another (four years)”.

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Is he really a philosopher ? Is he aware of his own life philosophy ?

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That's fantastic, Gurri is a first rate thinker and deserves more reach.

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He was great on this 80000 Hours podcast as well, https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/martin-gurri-revolt-of-the-public/

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I am surprised that there are so few comments on this post. The text linked by Tyler on populism is really excellent. Congratulations to Mercatus for this great hire.

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