chapter  4
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“e Science-Spirit in a Democracy”: Liberty Hyde Bailey, Nature Study, and the Democratic Impulse of Progressive Conservation

Some persons have supposed that the “contentment” of the naturelover implies unvexed indierence to the human aairs of the time, and therefore it makes for a kind of serene and weak utopianism; but to my mind, the outlook to nature makes for just the reverse of all this. If nature is the norm, then the necessity for challenging and amending the abuses that accompany civilization becomes baldly apparent by very contrast. e repose of the nature-lover and the assiduous exertion of the man of aairs are complementary, not antithetical, states of mind.1