The Return of the Public

In the Autumn of last year Verso published my second book, The Return of the Public. This blog is a record of my writing since then. If you are interested in learning more about the book’s proposals for media reform, then please consider buying it. You’ll make my publisher so happy. It will also help keep me going until a grateful nation hands me a chunk of cash and a big house in the country.

Below are some of the endorsements the book has received. The major media haven’t fallen over themselves to present the ideas in the book to their audiences. If you read my book you’ll hopefully understand more clearly why that is.

Private-sector elites, unchecked and unbalanced, created a circumstance of economic, social and environmental crisis so severe that, finally, we are ready to renew the public sphere. Dan Hind is in the forefront of the initiative, providing us with the strategies we will need to reinvigorate the public debate and, in so doing, re-empower the people.
John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation

As the official culture of politics limps from scandal to corruption, Hind turns to the only thing that can save democracy: the people … Dan Hind has produced one of those rare books that transcend the world of ‘discourse’ and become essential levers of historical change.
Professor David Miller, co-author of A Century of Spin and professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde

That democracy and self-government are in peril is widely acknowledged. Dan Hind has written a brilliant, provocative and sweeping assessment of our current predicament. Best of all he offers credible and effective proposals to truly democratize our societies. This is a book that deserves widespread attention and debate.
Robert W. McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy and professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

If there is a future to look forward to, it will come from the invigorated public domain pictured by Dan Hind … Hind shows us how to break free of both the centralized state and the centralized market. This is a handbook for a very modern liberation struggle. Buy it and help set yourself free.
Andrew Simms, author of Tescopoly and Policy Director at the New Economics Foundation


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