Neither Victims nor Executioners Author:Albert Camus Neither Victims Nor Executioners, a collection of eight essays, first appeared serially in the Fall 1946 issues of Combat. It was translated and by Dwight Macdonald and published in the July-August 1947 issue of Politics. This edition is reprinted with the permission of Dwight Macdonald. Preface by Robert Pickus, 1968. — From the preface: — "We ca... more »n count on injustice in human affairs; on privilege, exploitation, and violence. Violence, which in its ability to turn a living man into a thing, inflicts the final unalterable injustice.
But we can count, too, on men and on social movements to challenge, and by challenging, to limit this grim reality. In one era a revived religious of political tradition, in another a movement of the oppressed, but in every time, some men will affirm dignity and brotherhood and the superiority of the human person over all the political, economic and social mechanisms which oppress him.
There is a special tragic moment in history when such men and such movements lose their bearings; when the spirit and goal that characterized them fundamentally alters; when an accurate statement of their spiritual health would be Nietzsche: 'I have forgotten why I ever began'."
Camus's essays address these and related concerns of the human condition.« less