This audio recording is the first of three lectures given at The New School on the subject of political and social revolution by Dr. Herbert Marcuse. New School Chair of the Department of Social Sciences Lester Singer introduces the lecture series and Dr. Marcuse, who begins speaking at 1:59. Marcuse theorizes about an impending socialist world revolution against both capitalism and communism which has precipitated a preemptive counterrevolution of conservatism and repression among world governments. Marcuse calls his concept the "impossible revolution" because political consciousness has not yet risen to the level necessary to produce radicalization. Marcuse concludes at 50:57, and the floor is opened to questions, the topics of which include: the self-defeating nature of terrorism, the relationship between revolution in the United States and the Soviet Union, the role of segregation in preventing revolution, the role of technology in revolution, the role of the women's movement, and the potential development of fascism in America.