John H Schaar was a scholar and political theorist. He was a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Schaar was born in Montoursville, PA, USA and raised on a farm in a Lutheran family.
Schaar received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught political theory at the University of California, Berkeley, where his theory colleagues included Sheldon Wolin, Norman Jacobson, Michael Rogin, and Hanna Pitkin. In 1970 he moved to U.C. Santa Cruz. At Berkeley, he was a significant influence on the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. His closest students included the late Wilson Carey McWilliams, Jeff Lustig, Douglas Lummis, Marge Frantz, J. Peter Euben, Frank Bardacke, Joshua Miller, and S. Paige Baty. He frequently taught at Deep Springs College. His central political values included community, democracy, and political participation. He published articles on patriotism, equality, and authority. He advocated the decentralization of political and economic power.
He was married to political theorist Hanna Pitkin, and together they resided in the Santa Cruz mountains.
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. -John Schaar.