Debates and protests over the toxic traits of capitalism are not uniquely modern phenomena. Eighteenth-century New Englanders were torn over what type of society they wanted to live in: a more traditional moral economy, or the increased wealth and comfort of the emerging market economy. For example, public debates over preserving the annual fish runs versus damming the rivers to power large mills were frequent.
The Vermont Historical Society has announced “Why We Should Blame New England’s Fish for Capitalism,” a virtual program set for Sunday, February 19th.
In this presentation, Professor Zachary Bennett, of Norwich University, argues that nature holds more responsibility for society’s transition to capitalism than the decisions of the people.
This program will begin at 2 pm and will be held both in person at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington, and virtually. To register for the virtual program, click here.
Photo of Vermont Historical Society provided.