An American Child Supreme: The Education of a Liberation by John Nichols

By John Nichols

John Nichols was once raised by means of a kinfolk as American because the Stars and Stripes. He loved a top-notch inner most institution schooling and at 23 wrote a best-selling novel, The Sterile Cuckoo. At that time, he thought of himself “a baby blessed by way of the tradition and fated for delirious success.” even though, a visit to Guatemala derailed his golden-child life and set him on a really diversified course towards social and environmental activism. This publication charts Nichols’s wealthy and infrequently tormented trip out of his sheltered middle-class existence towards a trust in what he calls “liberation ecology.”

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That made me to blame because I considered myself a true-blue American; hey, hadn't my direct ancestor signed the Declaration of Independence? Don't get me wrong. I had fun in Guatemala (until dysentery laid me low). Yet I would soon use Guatemala as a springboard to inform myself of the cruel American history in the Caribbean and Central 46 America where we had helped lay waste to generations of Latins by ruling them through petty tyrants schooled in North American counterinsurgency academies while we demolished their natural resources with a ruthless nineteenth-century plantation mentality.

I've always been impressionable. In my younger days I absorbed experiences with an exaggerated radioconductivity that left a powerful afterglow for ages. So it was when I discovered Damon Runyon . . visited Taos and the Southwest . . and met the Reverend Gary Davis. I hit the Bronx a handful of times, learning songs on guitar that I can still play with reasonable dexterity. The singer was a skilled musician, a disciplined teacher, a fascinating raconteur. He was terribly poor, a street preacher, full of pep, and still basically unknown.

He actually started crying, went down on his knees, gripped my pantlegs, and begged me to let him keep the final doobie. Confused and outraged, I was demanding that last cigarette when the elevator reached the top floor and the doors opened. Terrified, I leaped out, and the doors closed on the weeping courier, still on his knees, triumphantly brandishing the final cigarette. 43 2. I walked along a red-light street, eager to get laid again. Women, three to a crib, waited behind half-open Dutch doors.

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