FACT AND FICTION by Bertrand Russell


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A provocative collection of essays by the eminent philosopher and octogenarian whose controversial work on behalf of the peace movement in England keeps his name much in the public eye. The essays, all in some way related to present East-West tensions, cover a variety of subjects from books and education to nationalism and a discussion of such abstract terms as ""democracy"" and ""liberty"". Also included are some sober parables on what can happen through human folly. Russell pleads a strong case for internationalism. It is only when the barriers of nationalism and prejudice can be overcome through education that the world can progress to peace and well being. ""It is toleration of what you dislike that characterizes the liberal attitude."" Russell advocates a world government with the power over nations to be equal to the present power exercised by national governments over individuals. He feels it is the responsibility of the neutral nations to play a more active part in bringing this about. The essays were intended to stand by themselves. Taken as a whole, there is much repetition. But this does not detract from the essential merit of the book whose message of hope in the face of seemingly irreconcilable conflicts leaves much food for thought.

Pub Date: July 2nd, 1962
ISBN: 0415487323
Publisher: Simon & Schuster