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benjamin franklin as the ghost of capitalism past, present and future

10.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

No one’s face could be more appropriate on a banknote than that of Benjamin Franklin – nobody embodies the spirits that drive capitalism, the ghosts that haunt it and the imagination that transcends it as he does. To begin with, his advice on how to relentlessly convert time into money, and to reinvest that money ...

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the spirit of capitalism and fordist daydreaming

10.10.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

  Benjamin Franklin’s advice to a young tradesman has famously been used by Max Weber to exemplify what he called the ‘spirit of capitalism’ which he (Weber) summarises thus ‘Sondern vor allem ist das “summum bonum” dieser “Ethik”: der Erwerb von Geld und immer mehr Geld, unter strengster Vermeidung alles unbefangenen Genießens, so gänzlich aller ...

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