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Our century has seen the triumph of Eduard Bernstein's evolutionary socialism against revolutionary utopias. Stephen Tindale says that we must now prepare for evolutionary environmentalism

By Stephen Tindale   October 1996

Nineteen ninety-six is a fine year for centenaries. We are celebrating 100 years of the motor car and the less problematic pleasures of the cinema. Elgar produced his first important work in 1896 and AE Housman published A Shropshire Lad. That year also saw the launch of the Daily Mail, the first mass circulation daily. The secret of its success, according to its proprietor Alfred Harmsworth, was to satisfy readers’ desires for “a good hate.” Political events in 1896 also have a familiar ring: the Conservatives were in power; railway unions launched a campaign against the unreasonable behaviour of private…

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