Green Hubbard was an American philosopher and writer. He is perhaps
most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia.
was born in Bloomington, Illinois and founded Roycroft, an Arts
and Crafts movement community in East Aurora, New York in 1895.
This grew from his private press, the Roycroft Press, which was
inspired by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. (Although
called the "Roycroft Press" by latter-day collectors
and print historians, the organization called itself "The
Roycrofters" and "The Roycroft Shops.")
edited and published two magazines, "The Philistine"
and "The Fra." "The Philistine" was a pioneering
little magazine, bound in brown butcher paper and full of satire
and whimsy. (Hubbard himself quipped that the cover was butcher
paper because "There is meat inside.") The Roycrofters
produced handsome, if sometimes eccentric, books printed on handmade
paper, and operated a fine bindery, a furniture shop, and shops
producing modeled leather and hammered copper goods. They were
a leading producer of "Mission-style" products.
second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, was a noted suffragist, and
the Roycroft Shops became a site for meetings and conventions
of radicals, freethinkers, reformers and suffragists. Hubbard
became a popular lecturer, and his homespun philosophy evolved
from a loose William Morris-inspired socialism to an ardent defense
of free enterprise and American know-how. Hubbard was much mocked
in the press for "selling out." Hubbard can now be viewed
as a proto-Libertarian. The American writer L. Ron Hubbard was
a nephew of Elbert, by the adoption of his father, into the Hubbard
and his wife were killed in the sinking of the Lusitania by the
German submarine, Unterseeboot 20 in May of 1915. The Roycroft
Shops, run by Hubbard's son Elbert Hubbard II, operated until
religion, being founded on superstition, is, perforce, not scientific.
And all that which is not scientific -- that is, truthful -- must
be bolstered up by force, fear and falsehood. Thus we always find
slavery and organized religion going hand in hand."
by diverting the attention of men from this life to another, and
by endeavoring to coerce all men into one religion, constantly
preaching that this world is full of misery, but the next world
would be beautiful -- or not, as the case may be -- has forced
on men the thought of fear where otherwise there might have been
the happy abandon of nature."
and persecutors are the same type of man. As to which is the persecutor
and which the martyr, this is only a question of transient power."
is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand
it. The intent is not to tell the truth but to satisfy the questioner."
is the effort to believe what your common sense tells you is not
mystic is a person who is puzzled before the obvious, but who
understands the nonexistent."
is Classified Superstition."
creed is an ossified metaphor."
The Coney Island of the Christian imagination."
-- the John Doe of philosophy and religion."
miracle is an event described by those to whom it was told by
people who did not see it."
That peculiar condition where the patient can neither eliminate
an old idea nor absorb a new one."
is a corpse that doesn't know it's dead."
is a lie reiterated and authoritatively injected into the mind
of one or more persons who believe that they believe what someone
man should dogmatize except on the subject of theology. Here he
can take his stand, and by throwing the burden of proof on the
opposition, he is invincible."
religion was organized for slaves: it offered them consolation
which earth did not provide."
we call God's justice is only man's idea of what he would do if
he were God."
certain unmarried men, who had lost their capacity to sin, sat
indoors, breathing bad air, and passed resolutions about what
was right and what wrong, making rules for the guidance of the
people, instead of trusting to the natural, happy instincts of
the individual, they ushered in the Dark Ages. These are the gentlemen
who blocked human evolution absolutely for a thousand years."
us a religion that will help us to live -- we can die without
"Do not take
life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."