Notes from a Radical Social
Scientist: February 1970
HOWARD J. EHRLICH
If I could decide whether radicals get old, I could decide so many other things. But the Second World War and the 1950s destroyed a generation of radicals. And I am thirty-seven years old, and I have no models. Only antimodels.
There is a necessary pretense in writing scientific reports—that pretense is in their orderliness and their organization. Anyone who has done scientific research knows that the actual research was never quite the way it was reproduced and framed in its journal appearance. I want to make sure in presenting this that no one finishes it thinking that I have tidied up the universe of radical social science, even for myself. Platforms for radical action are probably more fragile than scientific findings. I date this piece because its time is intrinsic to its full meaning. I will not be there myself, again.