Emerson’s New Kicks

Ralph Waldo Emerson is known as one of the greatest [literary/philosophical] minds to ever spring forth from the experiment that is America. On the one hand, his Transcendental essays encouraged citizens to question the systems into which they were born, asking them to reexamine the very values they hold dear. On the other hand, his poetry evoked a beauty that bespoke of a genuine pride in the inherent possibility of the United States.

So what do we think of the fact that his words (as well some from the Declaration of Independence) were co-opted by Reebok so they could sell some sneakers?

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