chapter  3
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The Paradox of Power and the Collapse of Pragmatic Socialism

The philosophic ground of Sorelism was to establish a doctrine of social revolution that could act as a bulwark against further defeats and further disaffections. The tragedy of Sorelism is not that it was replete with ambiguity, but that it was an ambiguity built into the structure of French society. The following examination of these internal deficits of Sorel's thought should not, therefore, be taken as an assertion of personal failing, but as representative of the helplessness of a France without common or consistent endeavour.