ochlocracy

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OCHLOCRACY. A government where the authority is in the hands of the multitude; the abuse of a democracy. Vaumene, Dict. du Language Politique.

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Here Klyucharyov travels back and forth through a hole in the ground between two worlds, the upper one lapsing into savagery and dominated by the anarchic rule of the mob, the lower one inhabited by remnants of the cultural elite who still possess many of the trappings of civilization but are surrounded by an aura of Gotterdammerung; significantly, it is always twilight both above and below ground.
Uglow judges this example of the rule of the mob as a symbolic moment, the start of that long distrust of the British masses for the intellectual.
Hence, the Lebanese spring marked the emergence of the rule of the mobs.