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Politically, the shift from 1950s Cold War paranoia to a 21st Century environmental theme is certainly topical at a time of all the 'change' promised by new US president Barack Obama, whose optimistic philosophy is seemingly spreading right around the world.
Shankly was a socialist who believed life should be built around communal values, who transmitted an optimistic philosophy to thousands of people.
Betts, observes that Pangloss only regrets his optimistic philosophy at the end of Chapter 30, when he meets Paquette and blames her for giving him syphilis.