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Chronicles of Wasted Time: Part 1: The Green Stick by Malcolm. Muggeridge

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By Malcolm. Muggeridge

Half 1 of Malcolm Muggeridge's autobiography

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There were others who came occasionally, all of the same type - men of humble origins who were making their way in the world and wanted the world’s ways to be changed. They were not in any real sense revolutionaries; rather, they planned to take over the existing social and economic system and run it better and more equitably. Their arguments seemed to me irrefutable, their hopes for the future impeccable. ’), it would be used for schools, hospitals, garden suburbs, and so on. Instead of railways, coalmines and industry generally being privately owned and enriching the few, they would be publicly owned and enrich us all.

The Colony had been started in the first years of this century, largely in response to Tolstoy’s ideas. A party set out from Croydon on their bicycles, with only very little money and no agricultural experience, with the idea of settling on the land, producing all their own necessities, 42 The Green Stick and so being able to detach themselves wholly from the wicked ways and pursuits of the society around them. It was a truly heroic enterprise; the more so as most of the participants were clerks and schoolmasters and shop assistants, widi absolutely no experience of fending for them­ selves under primitive conditions.

Even so, my mother’s whole manner, and the lurid phrases she used, gave me the feeling that something unusual, frightening and in some way exciting was at issue. Without actually complaining about my father, I felt that somehow she was pointing an accusing finger at him. Once she said to me darkly that she hoped I would never know what she had had to put up with. On Sunday mornings, when my father was usually at home and, if the weather was suitable, working in the garden, this vaguely accusatory manner was liable to take a more concrete form.

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