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Daemon
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Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
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Demand in finer fruits has been greatly exaggerated. Better be bitter, but with some many in the current account.
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Funny, but socialism/communism in essence nothing more than an extreme, excessive, pervasive authority of government. Where the level of intervention reaches preposterous scale and some time later, boom - self-destruction.
PS Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)
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Thoreau was echoing his soulmate across the Atlantic, William Wordsworth, who wrote:

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;"
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I've walked the trails and pathways at Walden many times in my life. One only need to do the same to feel Thoreau words.
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Daemon wrote:
Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Superfluously coarse labors of life? Being occupied with such, for the most part, has always been necessary labor, far from superfluous, if any fruits be made available for plucking.
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Thoreau was a pompous ass.
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USA of Thoreau (quote) much more like New Zealand or Austria, than modern existing powerhouse.
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