At the Existentialist Café - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

Sarah Bakewell
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The twentieth-century brought to the surface the self-destructive power that humanity now possessed. From now on, the world would exist in a constant struggle between collective suicide and progress through technology. Some idealists wished for some kind of government that would rule every nation together and prevent the future outbreak of war. Though the United Nations attempted to fulfill that role, it was not to the extent to which people hoped.

Others were proponents of America as a world power, and the US attempted to contain communism to the confines of the Soviet Union. On the opposite end, some in Western Europe decided that the Communist ideal was more worth pursuing. Members of both camps seemed to believe in an idealistic vision of their form of government, but were also able to see the more realistic shortfalls of each side. This posed a sort...

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