The Path to Hope

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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...

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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.

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"Brilliantly and in plain, stirring language The Path to Hope maps out the way to rational grassroots salvation for a world on the brink of ruin. It should be required reading for all who fret about our shared political and economic future." —Michael Greenberg, author of Hurry Down Sunshine

  “[The Path to Hope] makes appeal to the imagination and to civic exigencies for the future of humanity.” —Livres Hebdo

“They’re both over ninety and they envisage the future.  They denounce the financialization of capitalism, xenophobia …  And they recommend, among other things, a politics of “living well” (not in the material sense), a “remoralization” (against corruption), [and] wordly governance (cf. the last papal encyclical).  Generous ideas are not an adolescent privilege.  Politics is the art of the possible.” —Panorama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590515600
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book on world politics!

    In this book, Hessel and Morin look at the world in an objective and critical way. They realized that if politics continue the way they are now, there will not be much of a world left to offer our future generations. Although this seems like an overwhelming and daunting task, they break policy down into manageable sections and give detailed thoughts on each. They address everything from labor to education to the policies that are focused on children.
    The book is small, shaped like a pocket notebook. It even has blank lined pages in the back for additional notes that reader may want to make. The great thing about the way the writing was translated is that although the diction is intellectual, with lots of five dollar words, the meaning is still comprehensible. Someone who doesn’t know much about politics or economics can still read, and even enjoy, this book. That ability to relate to a number of readers is important when dealing with a topic such as world reform. Everyone should be involved.
    The authors are not preachy, they are not condescending. In fact, the compassion that they seem to have for people in general is not disguised by words like “hyperspecialization”, “compartmentalization”, or “bureaucratization”. This book is not sterile or indifferent, like a textbook. Instead, it’s full of intellectual emotion, which is as interesting as it is rare, as least on a common level.
    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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