Sunday, March 03, 2013


Stephane Hessel, former French resistance fighter, great philosopher of rebellion and thinker about humanity recently died aged 95. A remarkable man.

In 1948 he helped draft the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 In 2010 he wrote a  small pamphlet Indignez-Vous!, which sold 4.5m copies in 35 countries. It was translated into English as 'Time for Outrage'. It was picked up as a source of inspiration by the the Occupy Wall Street and Indignados movements.

He compared the 21st-century struggle against what he described as the "international dictatorship of the financial markets" to his generation's struggle against oppression as a young man during the war.
Indignant? We Should Be  and Obituary [Financial Times]

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