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Art Stein lives in Kingston, Rhode Island, and teaches at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. He has just finished a book manuscript called “Seeds of Change: Seeking New Alternatives in America.”
Self-reliance has been linked with democracy in the American mind since Thomas Jefferson extolled the small farmer as the cornerstone of a free society. Thoreau sang of similar values. In our day, Scott and Helen Nearing have epitomized the best of that tradition.