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Democracy and Gasset’s ‘The Revolt of the Masses’: An Exposition

Samuel Akpan Bassey


Democracy simply put, is the government of “the people”. There is no doubt that the rise of “the people” is now a principal political force in our contemporary world. Though democracy is largely celebrated today, Ortega y Gasset, in his book Revolt of the Masses thinks that it is an unfortunate incident. For him, the masses, regrettably, are vulgar. The masses are drunken by the possibilities that contemporary science has made feasible on one hand. Then again, their obscenity keeps them from realizing what to do with the conceivable outcomes. So, the masses float. The masses don't comprehend the past. This absence of knowledge endangers the masses’ progress with negative potential outcomes, but they want to lead, rule and involve in government. The “revolt of the masses” is simply a rebellion of hysteria against reason in human activities. This paper attempts to look critically at Otega’s Revolt of the Masses and democracy. It then agrees that the rise of the people has caused lot of problems, and against democracy, Plato’s philosopher king should be advocated for.


Keywords: Democracy, masses, egalitarianism, philosopher king

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Bassey SA. Democracy and Gasset’s ‘The Revolt of the Masses’: An Exposition. Omniscience: A Multi-disciplinary Journal. 2016; 6(2):         38–45p.


democracy, masses, egalitarianism, philosopher king.

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