Hi Jonathan, I have only recently discovered The Ethical Spectacle and would like to congratulate you on what is a thoroughly engaging source of information. From the perspective of a British centrist I think what I have read on your site to date has been succinct and fascinating. Well done!
I am from Iran. Yesterday, surfing the net I found and read your essay about Walden. It's impressive and I couldn't resist myself to write this for you. I'd just like to say something about your disappointment in Thoreau, I think we can't say which way is harder or more appropriate to choose for someone else, for example East woods or another one, and maybe being within walking distance of his mother's house was enough for him to reach to a point that he could write such a book. It seems to me that we need different experiences in our lives, one needs more torture to reach to a point and one can get the lesson from something which seems childish and simple to us.
Maybe you could see and feel something in working on ambulances that no one else did during the World Wars. "You" are the most important thing not the environment.
After all, I love your insights on Walden.
Once I heard that if one day World Peace happens, it will owe a great deal to art and literature, I totally agree with it.