Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library: How by Ed D'Angelo

By Ed D'Angelo

Barbarians on the Gates of the general public Library is a philosophical and historic research of ways the increase of consumerism has resulted in the decline of the unique undertaking of public libraries to maintain and advertise democracy via civic schooling. via a examining of historic figures resembling Plato, Helvetius, Rousseau, and John Stuart Mill, the e-book exhibits how democracy or even capitalism have been initially believed to depend on the ethical and political schooling that public libraries (and different associations of rational public discourse) may supply. yet as capitalism built within the twentieth century it advanced right into a postmodern consumerism that changed democracy with consumerism and schooling with leisure. Public libraries have mistakenly attempted to stay suitable by means of shadowing the increase of consumerism, yet have in its place contributed to the increase of a brand new barbarism and the decline of democracy.

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