Summary: From his perspective as one of the intellectual leaders of the Spanish Republican government, the author defines the masses as those opposed to excellence and inclined toward conformed thinking. Therefore any revolt of the masses seeks to obliterate the very concept of excellence. This work argues for the "leveling out of outstanding qualities in men and culture, as it traces the development of the 'mediocre soul' out of 19th-century bourgeois culture to t ...show morehe advent of the new totalitarian democracy in which none are nor aspire to be superior to others but rather to be 'just like everybody else.'The masses are not the impoverished or politically oppressed proletariat but span the classes marked by a 'qualitative determinant': 'the mass is the average man.'" (Libr J) First published in Spain in 1929. For an earlier English translation see BRD 1932. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 32
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