Edgar Morin, Stephane Hessel translated from the French by Antony Shugaar

The Path to Hope

Publication Date: Apr 24, 2012

112 pp


List Price US $5.99
ISBN: 9781590515617

Foreword by Jeff Madrick

An incisive political tract that calls for a return to humanist values: equality, liberty, a return to community, mutual respect, freedom from poverty, and an end to theocracy and fundamentalism.

Hessel and Morin 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. The uncertainly of our current political moment gives their book special urgency.

The Path to Hope is written by two esteemed French thinkers—Stephane Hessel, editor of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and renowned philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin. Their writings have become bestsellers throughout Europe, and have also become foundational documents underpinning the worldwide protest movement.


Excerpt from The Path to Hope

“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