The Politics of Despair

The Politics of Despair

The Politics of Despair

The Politics of Despair

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"Communism is a way of voting."

"A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of Communism." With these familiar words Marx and Engels began their Communist Manifesto. From the point of view of many observers today, this same "spectre" described in 1848 is still haunting Europe, not to mention other areas of the globe.

As the endless process of adjustment goes on, it becomes clear that societal problems such as those represented by the large protest vote in France and Italy are not "problems" which really have any clear-cut, demonstrable "solution." Wherever we examine the behavior of masses of people today, we see an unprecedented sweep and complexity in human affairs. And because of the speed of the changes that inevitably go on, their outcome is well-nigh impossible to predict.

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