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Simplicity, sensuality and politics in Henry Thoreau

nature). Running parallel to such debates over spiritualism and materialism are those concerned with Thoreau’s individualism versus his collectivism. Indeed, his spiritualism is often posited as to blame for his individualism by those disappointed by what they perceive to be a lack of a more societal vision on the part of Thoreau. Allegations of extreme individualism are not without some evidence. Thoreau’s first published political essay, ‘Paradise (To Be) Regained’, was a critique of Etzler’s technological utopian manifesto, in which he argues against the mechanical

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