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Simplicity, sensuality and politics in Henry Thoreau
Alison Hulme

influenced by Thoreau’s essay ‘Life without Principle’ (a critique of the excesses of nineteenth-​ century capitalism), and of course not least by his celebrated essay ‘The Duty of Civil Disobedience’.8 Both were required reading in Gandhi’s Ashram. Some commentators have perhaps rather simplistically interpreted Thoreau’s civil disobedience essay as an anarchist text, and it is certainly the case that Thoreau’s ideas have resonated with various anarchist strains. Green anarchism and anarcho-​ primitivism in particular have taken inspiration from the writings of Thoreau

in A brief history of thrift