“The Isolationist,” Mack Reynolds, 1950 – A bitter old man condemns progress–neon and the clamor of jukeboxes, cars, airplanes, even electric lights–choosing instead to live on a farm. He is a former schoolteacher who left the city in disgust at humanity’s determination to self-destruct. He criticizes those in charge for using technology to encourage war and over-production (of food) instead of curing cancer. When aliens land in his cornfield, he mistakes them for war-mongering foreigners and chases them off without realizing that their intent was to help humanity avert nuclear war.
Comments: Read in The Classic Book of Science Fiction.
Author: Wikipedia: “Dallas McCord ‘Mack’ Reynolds (November 11, 1917 – January 30, 1983) was an American science fiction writer.”