This Ugly Civilization

Borsodi, Ralph

Original publication date: 1929
Original publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster
Publication status: Public domain

These days the driving force behind the industrial system is dubbed “economic rationalism.” It wasn’t much different in the 1920s. Borsodi’s scathing critique offers a solution—homestead! Focus on at-home production of necessaries. Borsodi anticipated Scott and Helen Nearing by a decade. His ideas permeate all the subsequent back-to-the-landers but Borsodi is rarely credited.

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