1915 June 16

University of Pennsylvania Fires Scott Nearing Over Radical Economic Views


The University of Pennsylvania fired Scott Nearing, an economist with the Wharton School of Business, because members of the Trustees were upset with his radical views on economics. He then taught at the University of Toledo, but was fired in 1917 because of his vocal opposition to U.S. participation in World War I.

Over the next 66 years, until his death, Nearning became a noted freelance political radical, prolific writer, speaker, and environmentalist. In 1973, the University of Pennsylvania retroactively reversed its dismissal and made him an Honorary Emeritus Professor of Economics. In 1970 he and his wife Helen published an acclaimed book, Living the Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World. Nearing died in August 1983, at the age 100 years and 18 days.

Read: Scott Nearing and Steve Sherman, eds., A Scott Nearing Reader: The Good Life in Bad Times (1989)

Read more: Scott Nearing, The Making of a Radical: A Political Autobiography (1972)

Watch a documentary on Helen and Scott Nearing, Living the Good Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czr3iJBY4z0

Learn more about Scott Nearing: Scott Nearing and Steve Sherman, eds., A Scott Nearing Reader: A Good Life in Bad Times (1989)

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