chapter  12
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Conclusion: recreating politics—socialism, feminism and ecology

TRUTH, ECOLOGY AND POLITICS While it has become important in both Western and Eastern Europe to reconsider the place of the market within the economy so that people are no longer faced with the choice between a command administered economy and free market economics, it is important to learn from the different historical experiences. In Eastern Europe, in the wake of the 1989 revolutions, it may be difficult to reclaim a language of socialism since it has for so long been debased. In both Eastern and Western Europeans have for so long been presented with stark choices between socialism and capitalism, between Left and Right. But this has often proved to be a false choice and, as Simone Weil grasped, our political traditions seem powerless to illuminate the new historical realities that we face.1