Nicolas Hardy Walter (22 November 1934 – 7 March 2000) was a British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist. He was a member of the Committee of 100 and Spies for Peace, and wrote on topics of anarchism and humanism.
1 Background 2 Peace movement activism 3 Anarchism 4 Rationalism, humanism and secularism 5 Publications 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links
Nicolas was the son of William Grey Walter, an American-born British
neurophysiologist, cybernetician and robotician. His grandfather was
Karl Walter (1880-1965), a former anarchist who subsequently supported
fascism. Karl married an American woman called Margaret Hardy and
lived in the USA from 1908 until the outbreak of the First World War.
His maternal grandfather was
Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe (1868-1958), a
former member of the executive of the Fabian Society. After his
parents divorced in 1945, Monica, his mother subsequently married a
Cambridge University scientist with whom she brought up Nicolas.
Walter attended Rendcomb College, Cirencester. He served two years
National Service in the Royal Air Force, where he learned Russian
preparatory to working in Signals Intelligence, and then studied at
Exeter College, Oxford. At this time he joined the Labour Party.
Peace movement activism
Walter was heavily involved in the peace movement, being a founder
member of the Committee of 100. Walter married Ruth Oppenheim,
another member of the Committee of 100 in 1962, who was the daughter
of refugees from Nazi Germany. The couple had two children, Susannah
(born 1965) and
Natasha Walter (born 1967), but divorced in 1982.
Walter was a member of Spies for Peace, which only became known after
he died, along with Ruth, who was happy to be publicly identified
Natasha Walter in 2013. In March 1963, the group broke into
Regional Seat of Government
All of us will die, and most of us will suffer before we do so. "The last act is bloody, however fine the rest of the play may be," said Pascal. Raging against the dying of the light may be good art, but is bad advice. "Why me?" may be a natural question, but it prompts a natural answer: "Why not?" Religion may promise life everlasting, but we should grow up and accept that life has an end as well as a beginning.
Humanism: What's in the Word (1997). London: Rationalist Press
Association, ISBN 0-301-97001-7. Also published as Humanism:
Finding Meaning in the Word by Prometheus Books, 1998,
Blasphemy, Ancient and Modern (1990). London: Rationalist Press
Association, ISBN 0-301-90001-9.
^ a b c d Walter, Natasha (13 April 2013). "Protest in an age of optimism: the 60s anarchists who spilled nuclear secrets". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2017. ^ Goodway, David (2001). "Nicolas Walter1934-2000" (PDF). Ethical record. 107 (6): 3–9. Retrieved 16 December 2017. ^ Martin, Douglas (19 March 2000). "Nicolas H. Walter Dies at 65; Feisty Atheist and Anarchist". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2017. ^ a b Walter, Natasha (14 February 2018). "Ruth Walter". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2018. ^ a b Walter, Natasha (20 May 2002). "The NS Essay - How my father spied for peace". New Statesman. Retrieved 19 December 2017. ^ O. Chinnappa Reddy, Humpty Dumpty with Alice In the Wonderland of Law, Xlibris Corporation, 2011, p. 182.[self-published source] ^ Meltzer, Albert, I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels, AK Press, 1996. ^ "ABOUT ANARCHISM by Nicolas Walter (with and intro by Natasha Walter)". ChristieBooks. ^ Cooke, Bill (2003), Blasphemy Depot: A Hundred Years of the Rationalist Press Association. London: Rationalist Press Association. ISBN 0-301-00302-5. Published in the United States as The Gathering of Infidels: A Hundred Years of the Rationalist Press Association. New York: Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-196-0 ^ a b MacKillop, I. D. (1986), The British Ethical Societies, Cambridge University Press, [online]. Accessed 13 May 2014.
Rooum, Donald (March 13, 2000). "Nicolas Walter". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
"The Right to Be Wrong". Essay by Nicolas Walter. Libertarian Alliance Political Notes No. 43, 1989. "Nicolas Walter: an appreciation of his contribution to secular humanism". Sheffield Humanist Society, 2000. Nicolas Walter papers at the International Institute of Social History.
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Alan Albon Marie-Louise Berneri Richard Boston Thomas Cantwell George Cores Clifford Harper Thomas Keell Harry Kelly Peter Kropotkin Alfred Marsh Albert Meltzer Arthur Moyse Max Nettlau Vernon Richards Jack Robinson Donald Rooum Philip Sansom John Turner Nicolas Walter Colin Ward Woolf Wess Charlotte Wilson Lilian Wolfe
Freedom Defence Committee
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