Introduction: socialism and a sustainability revolution
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The author begins autobiographically. His generation, reaching maturity in the 1970s, shared a remarkable optimism about social and political change, an experience he regards as a privilege. Dörre traces an historical arc from the hopeful revolutionary awakening of those days to the implosion of state-bureaucratic socialism and the decline of socialist and communist labour movements of recent decades. But that history is no reason for despair. Socialism is not to be abandoned but rethought, above all as a necessarily democratic form of life. Following Friedrich Engels and Rosa Luxemburg, Dörre formulates a key premise of the book. Any suspension of democracy in the cause of socialism is far worse than the evils that such a suspension seeks to overcome. A socialism for the 21st century must not forget that freedom always includes the freedom of those who think differently.

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