Suffern, NY: School of Living, 1942. First Edition. Ralph Borsodi (1886-1977), along with Helen and Scott Nearing and J.I. Rodale, is considered one of the apostles of the American "back to the land" movement of postwar era. His School of Living, founded in Suffern, New York in 1936, provided hands-on instruction to families interested in agrarian self-sufficiency. It also functioned as a loosely communistic co-operative society, with sixteen families occupying and farming two-acre plots; land ownership remained with the community. School of Living communities survived, in various locations, until 1986.
The current pamphlet offers a decentralist plan for permanent peace, addressed to "the teachers of mankind." Acknowledges that, if we must choose between the American way of life and the one which Hitler would impose upon us, American democracy is preferable; but insists that the world's current leaders are incompetent to draft (or even conceive) a lasting peace settlement following the defeat of Nazism. "...they may be great men in spite of ... grave flaws, but they are not great enough to be trusted, after the war is won, when they no longer need to court public opinion in the matter, to frame the peace." Uncommon, as are most School of Living publications. OCLC notes 7 locations, all in North America. Staple-bound pamphlet, 22cm x 12cm. Printed paper wrappers; 16pp. Very mild toning at extremities, else fresh and unmarked; Near Fine.