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User avatar #1 - brobathehutt (10/07/2013) [-]
What's hilarious is at the time of this the U.S. wasn't being run by corporations, but people want to pretend that it doesn't make it any less relevant.
User avatar #4 to #1 - oceanmist ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
They're completely separate issues though.
User avatar #3 to #1 - sadistikal ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
We'll start our own corporation! With Blackjack and hookers!
User avatar #8 to #3 - Kannas (10/07/2013) [-]
So we're starting a Las Vegas casino?
User avatar #5 - roguetrooper (10/07/2013) [-]
Yeah, but didn't Ben Franklin come from a really rich and powerful family? He's only seen it from one side.
User avatar #7 to #5 - brobathehutt (10/07/2013) [-]
He was a wealthy man for sure, and he got to go to college.
#9 to #7 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
NOOOPE, he went to grammar school for only two years, as he was the thirteenth child of a poor chandler who came over from england in the late 1600's. He was a self made man by all means.
User avatar #10 to #9 - brobathehutt (10/07/2013) [-]
He was still wealthy by the end of it, and he got some schooling somehow. Don't forget he wasn't stuck as a ******* farmer for his whole life, which is something that really shuts people down from moving up the social ladder. He actually had an opportunity.
#12 to #10 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
Nah, bra, he came from an incredibly low facet of society, and his education springs only out of his self mastery and moral perfection. The dude was obsessed with ordering his life in such a way that he could only do right, which meant he worked harder than many at succeeding in society. It was this pursuit of virtue that lead him to both economic and political (as well as academic) success.

- Also, source is "I read his autobiography last week".
User avatar #13 to #12 - brobathehutt (10/07/2013) [-]
Had Benj been born a little later he would of never made it anywhere. His success comes from a time period where opportunity was available even if he was low on the social ladder. He wasn't indebted to someone, and he wasn't paying off anything. It's a rare situation but it does happen and several founding fathers were in that situation.
#14 to #13 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
BRAH, DO YOU EVEN HISTORY

let me lay this **** down for you!


Franklin’s lifelong efforts to achieve self-mastery and moral perfection officially begin with his writing of his Plan of Conduct in 1726. There, at the early age of twenty, the unrefined ideas that acted as the foundation of Franklin’s character were first put into writing. His plan consisted of four simple guidelines: to remain frugal until removed from debt, to speak truthfully and sincerely to all and to not generate in others false expectations of his abilities and intentions, to remain industrious and patient in business, and to not speak badly of anyone, even if he had justification to do so . In respecting these guidelines, Franklin’s early years in Philadelphia were marked by reasonable economic success (the opening of his own printing press) as well as the expansion of his social sphere of influence, mostly thanks to his relationship with the members of his philosophical club, the Jun
#15 to #14 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
It is in 1728, however, that Franklin’s pursuit of virtuousness begins to fully take shape. He develops what becomes known as the Thirteen Virtues, a system for developing self-control that he believes will allow him to “live without committing any fault at any time; [I] would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me in ” These virtues, of which the sum was temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility, came with a small precept each to specify what should be strived for concerning that particular virtue. His intention was to, by small increments, acquire the habit of each of these virtues in their stated order by, as he suggests, “giving a week’s strict attention to each of the virtues successively. ” Seeking a fashion in which to monitor his own progress, he developed a journal to chart his every fault concerning the associated virtue of that week, his objective being the completion of the thirteen-week program without any faults at all. In his autobiography, Franklin states that although his intention was the weekly practice of this program, he usually only went through the entire process once in a year (the process, if practiced everyday, could be undertaken four times in a year), and later on gave it up completely, as his responsibilities and business abroad, as well as his constant travels and frequent abnormally scheduled days left him little ability to coordinate such a precise procedure.
#16 to #15 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
It is to this practice that Franklin attributes his good luck, success, and happiness in life, as he suggests in part two of his autobiography, when speaking of himself:
"To temperance, he ascribes his long-continued health, & what is still left to him of a good constitution. To industry and frugality the early easiness of his circumstances, & acquisition of his fortune, with all that knowledge which enabled him to be an useful citizen, and obtained for him some degree of reputation among the learned. To sincerity and justice the confidence of his country, and the honorable employs it conferred upon him. And to the join influence of the whole mass of the virtues, even in their imperfect state he was able to quire them, all that evenness of temper, & that cheerfulness in conversation which makes his company still sought for, & agreeable even to his younger acquaintance"
#18 to #16 - rottenronald (10/07/2013) [-]
To suggest that his success sprang from "a time period where opportunity was available even if he was low on the social ladder" is tots cray, man. I agree with you that, had he been born in Europe, his life might have been totally different, and he probably wouldn't have been so successful. The economy of the thirteen colonies had been majorly developing for like, 50 years prior to his birth.


None of the founding fathers expressed that amount of moral fortitude, and NONE of them came from such meagre backgrounds. Ben Franklin is the **** . Period
#11 to #5 - anon (10/07/2013) [-]
yes he came from a rich family but he did a whole lot more than just stay in the wealthy part of the world he regularly saw poor people when he was our diplomat. (he also was a author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat so yeah he did a lot of **** ).
#28 to #11 - rottenronald (10/08/2013) [-]
once again, didn't come from a rich family, please see below for details.
User avatar #24 to #5 - chittywok **User deleted account** (10/07/2013) [-]
my great grandpa was an immigrant to USA. his son (my grandfather) started his life in a house with a dirt floor they were so broke. he worked his ass off after school. he started his own company. he retired at age 65 selling the company for about $5,000,000 to his son (my father) who in the past ten years has grown the company to be worth about $25,000,000. not one time were they given a handout of any kind. they booth busted their asses to make money for their families. all you do by accepting government aid is teach the next generation that "its okay if you don't want to work hard to earn the things you want, someone else will just work hard for you." and that is very wrong. just because your parents were broke does not mean you can't make waves in this world.

i just don't understand how you can take pride or joy in a life someone else toils day in and day out to provide for you.

sorry for the novel. somethings (most often stupidity) really just make me rage
#17 - Paczilla ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
What applied before the industrial revolution no longer applies to people today. So **** you
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User avatar #23 to #17 - lolokoko **User deleted account** (10/07/2013) [-]
Of course, because no one abuses the welfare system.
#25 to #23 - ogloko (10/07/2013) [-]
***** we almost have the same name
User avatar #26 to #25 - lolokoko **User deleted account** (10/07/2013) [-]
You have no idea of where I dwell.
#27 to #26 - ogloko (10/07/2013) [-]
i dont understand the point of that comment, but im getting the feeling that we will become mortal enemies...
User avatar #6 - rocstarsix (10/07/2013) [-]
front page and favorite.
#21 - SirSheepy ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
So basically he understood basic economics.
So basically he understood basic economics.
#20 - craigdavid (10/07/2013) [-]
oh im sorry i didnt realise we had a ******* 19th centru society
User avatar #19 - mutzaki (10/07/2013) [-]
Maybe that's because all the poor people died off.
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