The Path to Hope by Stephane Hessel

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Whether we agree or not with any given policy isn’t really the point. We must determine how we are going to engage in the socio-economic, cultural and political processes that are likely to be very different from our experience of personal development.
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A short, incisive political tract that criticizes the culture of finance capitalism and calls for a return to the humanist values of the enlightenment: equality, liberty, freedom as defined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a return to community, mutual respect, freedom from poverty, and an end to theocracy and fundamentalism. The authors argue that a return to these values constitutes “a path to hope,” leading the way out of the present worldwide malaise brought on by economic collapse, moral failure, and an ignorance of history.
 
For the authors, 20th-century fascism was no mere abstraction—it was a brutal system brought on by a similar malaise, a system they fought against. This gives their book special urgency.
 
The Path to Hope is written by two esteemed French thinkers—94-year-old Stephane Hessel and 90-year-old Edgar Morin, following on the heels of Hessel’s Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage!). Both books have become bestsellers in France and throughout Europe. Both have also become foundational documents underpinning the worldwide protest movement of which Occupy Wall Street is the American subset.
 

About Stephane Hessel

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Stephane Hessel was a member of the French Resistance during World War II, a concentration camp survivor, a diplomat, editor of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His book Indignez-vous! has sold 3,500,000 copies.Edgar Morin is a renowned French philosopher and sociologist who fought in the French Resistance.Jeff Madrick is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of many works, most recently The Age of Greed.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Other Press. 113 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on May 16 2012

This is a book that every college student, businessman, and politician should read, if not own. Despite the fact that you may not agree with everything that is said, it never hurts to open yourself up to new ideas and perspectives.

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Reviewed by Russ Volckmann on Jun 16 2012

Whether we agree or not with any given policy isn’t really the point. We must determine how we are going to engage in the socio-economic, cultural and political processes that are likely to be very different from our experience of personal development.

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Reviewed by Pierre Laernoes on Jan 18 2012

The impotence of the global economic system to redress vital issues condemns it to disintegration or regression, unless it manages to create the conditions of its own metamorphosis...It is to this process that Hessel & Morin aim to contribute...

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