The Making of a Radical: A Political Autobiography (Good Life Series)

The Making of a Radical: A Political Autobiography (Good Life Series)

Scott Nearing

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1890132594

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Scott Nearing lived one hundred years, from 1883 to 1983--a life spanning most of the twentieth century. In his early years, Nearing made his name as a formidable opponent of child labor and military imperialism. Having been fired from university jobs for his independence of mind, Nearing became a freelance lecturer and writer, traveling widely through Depression-era and post-war America to speak with eager audiences. Five-time Socialist candidate for president Eugene V. Debs said, "Scott Nearing! He is the greatest teacher in the United States."

Concluding that it would be better to be poor in the country than in New York City, Scott and Helen Nearing moved north to Vermont in 1932 and commenced the experiment in self-reliant living that would extend their fame far and wide. They began to grow most of their own food, and devised their famous scheme for allocating the day's hours: one third for "bread work" (livelihood), one third for "head work" (intellectual endeavors), and one third for "service to the world community." Scott (who'd grown up partly on his grandfather's Pennsylvania farm) taught Helen (who was raised in suburbia, groomed for a career as a classical violinist) the practical skills they would need: working with tools, cultivating a garden and managing a woodlot, and building stone and masonry walls.

For the rest of their lives, the Nearings chronicled in detail their "good life," first in Vermont and ultimately on the coast of Maine, in a group of wonderful books--many of which are now being returned to print by Chelsea Green in cooperation with the Good Life Center, an educational trust established at the Nearings' Forest Farm in Harborside, Maine, to promote their ongoing legacy.

With a new foreword by activist historian Staughton Lynd, The Making of a Radical is freshly republished-Scott Nearing's own story, told as only he could tell it.

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sign, a prominent minister, put the letters "D.D." after his name. The second wrote "Ph.D." When Sam's turn came, he paused and then wrote "L.L.L." after his name. "Hold on, Sam," said the Doctor of Divinity. "You can't register that way. You've never been to college." "You're wrong there. Doctor," the Mayor replied. "For years I've attended the College of Hard Knocks. Our colors are black and blue and our yell is 'Ouch!'" "But how about the L.L.L.?" "Those letters," said Sam, "stand for

set us fell sick. and always have money My in the bank. wife and and the kids I when we want to." Then he concluded: "No intelligent man can afford to work for a living in the city of Rochtake trips ester." That statement summed up the distribution world's richest and most prosperous country. problem in the provided the economic foundation for the glaring contradiction between povIt also erty and riches, the fetid slums and the affluent suburbs. explained the ceaseless class

down-graded, or cut short. Cruelty and hatred curtail, degrade, and destroy life. Human beings who tolerate such emotions within themselves, and act on them, pay a high price in the profound changes which Life, as living, conscious, such emotions, thoughts, and actions make in their They also ters. I own charac- upset the universal balance. regard violence, hate, fear, and coercion as the most costly way of bringing about social changes. They usually result in heavy losses, and they

coexistence. The Twilight's Last Gleaming It interesting that is remember "Please 153 once again I heard a familiar phrase: is nothing personal about this." that there Again the statement was accurate. Worker for March 2, An editorial in the Daily 1935 said: There can be no doubt of the by Nearing loyal support given to the general activities of the revolutionary movement, and especially to The Communist Party has differences with Nearing —important ones— some of which

Crosby, Harold Cov, and many others who chipped in their talents to make the service a success. It mailed news releases and picture mats fiye days a week to some one hundred fifty labor and radical newspapers. I remained a regular contributor until 1943, when I was fired for my anti-war position, which Haessler called "childish," although he had been staunchly anti-war in 1915. Federated Press went along with the war only to fall apart circulate it. dollar bill afterward, Another when the

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