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From Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe

Empiricism, put simply, is the theory that things exist and can be measured independently of those doing the measuring. There are facts to be discovered and truth to be discerned, if only we can separate out the desires of people. (p.3)

We live in a "society of the spectacle," as the French theorist provocateur Guy Debord declared back in 1967. Yet, faced with the new world, progressives are still acting out a script inherited from the past. This is a mistake, for those who put their trust in Enlightenment principles and empiricism today are doomed to political insignificance. (p.6)

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