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He moves to the woods on "Independence Day, or the fourth of July, 1845" because he considers this a civic enterprise, requiring a reformation or new foundation of American liberty (p. 84). A close connection can be seen here between the project of Walden and Thoreau's appeal at the end of "Civil Disobedience" for a founder or reformer whose eloquence will revive the polity. In the essay, which he wrote while working on the early drafts of the book, he criticizes the country's lawmakers for their failure to "speak with authority" about the government.
It does not act upon us from without . . but spiritually, or through ourselves. Therefore . . spirit, that is, the Supreme Being, does not build up nature around us, but puts it forth through us. . " (CW I :38), Emerson exclaims rhetorically, and he envisions through his Orphic poet Emerson and the Penistence of the Commodity the imminent realization of "the kingdom of man over nature . . a dominion such as now is beyond his dream of God" (CW I :45). For Emerson, in sum, the taint of commodity is transcended by spiritualizingmatter and exchangingit for meaning instead of money.
Hoed his potatoes, mowed his hay, reaped his rye; well knowing that no man could afford to hire labor without selling his land. . Now, the farmer buys almost all he consumes-tinware, cloth, sugar, tea, coffee, fish, coal, railroad tickets and newspapers" ( W 6 :118- 19). The Jeffersonian tradition is no longer alive in the Emerson of The Conduct of Life. Even a work like "Farming," written around the same time and often anthologized as an example of Emerson's agrarianism,19in fact only shows how far he has traveled from this strain in his original philosophy.
American Romanticism and the Marketplace by Michael T. Gilmore