Written in '40s '50 or '60s. Man stranded on an island after a natural disaster discovers rest of world living by his doctrine, which was appropriated by former associate.

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    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 11:35
  • So he's inadvertently spawned a worldwide religion?
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 11:47
  • That's correct, Valorum.
    – user73963
    Commented Nov 13, 2016 at 10:06

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If you remember from that novel that amputations were an important value in the new society, then the answer is:

"Limbo" (1952) by Bernard Wolfe.

First edition cover

It has the following plot:

Martine returns from self-imposed exile after the end of a World War to find that his cynical and satirical musings about society in his diary have been used as a blueprint for the rebuilt society. Disarmament has been taken literally with men volunteering to have one or more limbs amputated. This movement has split into two factions: one which remains helpless - paraded in baby carridges by their wives or mothers; another that replaces me missing limbs with more powerful artificial limbs. Martime finds himself the hero and founder of a society he finds despicable, and one which is restarting the Cold war that led up to the last one, with each side trying to use him for its own ends.


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    Why, this sounds lovely...
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 11, 2016 at 12:08
  • Can't find the 'accept' button, but I'd certainly like to accept it as the correct answer.
    – user73963
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 5:34

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