Orestes Brownson (1803 - 1876)
Orestes Brownson was a brilliant 19th-Century essayist and philosopher who excoriated industrial/consumerist soullessness as well as materialist, revolutionary collectivism (particularly the horrible French Revolution). Despite his championship of exploited laborers, socialism to him was eventual slavery and "a heresy", and he had more than a few words of criticism for Transcendentalism. He considered God to be first and Last Cause, Personal and orderly.
Orestes Brownson Society
"Transcendentalism, or Latest Form of Infidelity"
(great authors main page)
List of Works
The Canon of the Scripture
The Life and Speeches of John C. Calhoun
The Decline of Protestantism
The French Republic
Religion In Society
Abolition and Negro Equality
(not a complete list)
"[T]he multiplication of wants which can be satisfied only with material or sensible goods, is not a good but an evil."
"Revolution has followed revolution, and no political reform goes far enough to satisfy its friends."
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