From my point of view, this is where Camus lost it. At the beginning he had it - had the ideas formulated and the beautiful language to express it in. But with The Rebel he is no longer the 'absurdist', 'existentialist' or whatever word you want to use to describe his earlier writings and ideas. He is no longer the man that wrote Myth Of Sisyphus or The Outsider. He became a traditional moral philosopher, standing at the moderate crossroads of political and philosophical thought. To me, The Rebel is the work of a moderate trying to hush real rebellion to his soft idea of rebellion, which is really nothing more than occassionally speaking your mind but not resisting the status quo with any kind of fervour or real desire for its overthrowal.