By Michael Shellenberger
Like a lot of kids born in the early 1970s, I had the good fortune to be
raised by hippies. One of my childhood heroes was Stewart Brand. Stewart is
not only one of the original hippies, he's also one of the first modern
environmentalists of the 1960s and 70s. As a young boy, one of my favorite
memories is playing cooperative games that Stewart Brand invented as an
antidote to the Vietnam War.
I'm from a long line of Christian Pacifists known as Mennonites. Every
August, as kids, we would remember the US government's atomic bombing of
Japan by lighting candles and sending them on paper boats at Bittersweet
After high school, throughout college, and afterwards, I brought delegations
of people to Central America to promote diplomacy and peace and to support
local farmer cooperatives in Guatemala and Nicaragua.
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