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Writing the Scamp

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In this episode, the Write Pack celebrate Chinese author Lin Yutang and discuss his concept of a scamp. To Lin, the scamp is the character that stands between freedom and tyranny.

“My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth. . . . In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies.  The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships.  He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered.  All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.”--Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living [1937]

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