This book discusses the ongoing revolution of dignity in human history as the work of ‘humanist outliers’: small groups and individuals dedicated to compassionate social emancipation. It argues that anti-authoritarian revolutions like 1989’s ‘Autumn of the Nations’ succeeded in large part due to cultural and political innovations springing from such small groups.

The author explores the often ingenious ways in which these maladapted and liminal ‘outliers’ forged a cooperative and dialogic mindset among previously resentful and divided communities. Their strategies warrant closer scrutiny in the context of the ongoing 21st century revolution of dignity and efforts to (re)unite an ever more troubled and divided world.

chapter |21 pages


The revolution of dignity and its drivers

chapter 2|23 pages

Re-enchanting modernity

Comparative perspectives on the legacy of 1968

chapter 3|23 pages

Friendship and revolution

The Eros and ethos of the Workers’ Defence Committee (KOR)

chapter 5|22 pages

The power of the hinterland

chapter 6|21 pages

The power of Sanctum

chapter 7|14 pages

The power of women

chapter |4 pages