Pessimism is ubiquitous throughout the Western world today.
Whether today’s anxiety stems from the inability of politicians in
Washington, DC, to fund the U.S. welfare state, or from the intractable
euro crisis in Europe, there is a rising sense of gloom and helplessness
on both sides of the Atlantic. I am an optimist, and this book is offered
as an antidote to this contagion of gloom. It proposes solutions to
many seemingly insoluble problems, for example, the prospect of a
Lost Decade, and ballooning U.S. health-care spending.
This Introduction was published in the Swiss newspapers in December, 1917, with an episode of
the novel and a note explaining the original title, _L'Un contre Tous_. "This somewhat ironical name was
suggested--with a difference--by La Boëtie's _Le Contr' Un_; but it must not be supposed that the author
entertained the extravagant idea of setting one man in opposition to all others; he only wishes to summon the
personal conscience to the most urgent conflict of our time, the struggle against the herd-spirit.
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As I write this Introduction, President George W. Bush is on his first visit to Europe
since taking office. A few days ago, speaking to European heads of state in
Gothenburg, he explained why he was refusing to ratify the Kyoto agreement on
climate change. People gathered on the streets of the city to protest against his
policies on the environment, and against capitalism’s relentless drive for economic
growth against the wider interests of humanity and the natural world. Meanwhile,