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Spiritual thrift
Simplicity, sensuality and politics in Henry Thoreau
in A brief history of thrift
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Explores Henry Thoreau’s rationale for living simply and his emphasis on spirituality and sensuality via transcendentalist and Eastern philosophy. Analysis his own relationship with both capitalism and asceticism and his complicated mix of spiritualism and materialism. Finally looks at his posthumously published manuscript – Wild Fruits – and discusses its status as a potential blueprint for collective thrift.

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