DAVID GREENBERG Why Last Chapters Disappoint – Essay – NYTimes.com.
In his 1922 treatise “Public Opinion,” the young Walter Lippmann dealt a blow to Progressive Era dreams of a rational, well-functioning mass democracy. In the modern world, Lippmann argued, the number and intricacy of policy issues and the human tendency to cling to irrational stereotypes had rendered the public far less capable of enlightened deliberation than liberals had long supposed. For all the bleakness of “Public Opinion,” Lippmann concluded on a curiously optimistic note. In his coda, he claimed that despite everything he had said in the previous 250 pages, he rejected the notion that “intelligence, courage and effort cannot ever contrive a good life for all men.”
Greenberg zaključuje da društveni znanstvenici iz svojih analiza izvode utopijske zaključke jer to od njih traže urednici, i jer bi nepopravljivost stanja lišila smisla svaku analizu. A vjerojatno i egzistenciju analitičara.