Cultural Psychology

Transcendentalist Writings for the Occupy Movement

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New England Transcendentalism - Ralph Waldo Emerson

New England Transcendentalism – Ralph Waldo Emerson

THE New England Transcendentalist movement was the first systematic reaction in America against greedy capitalism and the excesses of Wall Street. Nothing written since gets more directly to the heart of the problem: the dehmanizing effects of crass materialism and of a society driven by a narrow emphasis on financial profit. Today, even though we see the problems with greedy capitalism, we labor under the weight of an education which that very system provided. But their minds were clearer and their education better. We therefore do well to look back to these pioneers for ideas and ideology.

In addition to the links below, here’s a followup post with a selection of relevant quotes by Henry David Thoreau from his essay, Life Without Principle.

Transcendentalist Works




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  1. […] continues a series of posts intended to demonstrate the ideological relevance of New England Transcendentalism to the concerns of the Occupy Movement and to direct readers to this invaluable […]

  2. […] Concerning Transcendentalism and the values of the Occupy Movement, see here. […]

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