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The Ethical Promise of Historical Failure

Activists are in the business of social change. Some important ideas about social change can be found in an article, published in 1994 by theologian Kelton Cobb, which reflects on the work of two European thinkers and their insights into the histories they lived through.

Following the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, theologian Kelton Cobb asked: “What exactly are the ethical insights to be wrested from this failure?” (p.54) The lesson, he said, was not that history had vindicated capitalism, which has its own moral travesties. Cobb wanted to learn what kind of social values promote a society in which the moral life can flourish.
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