Benjamin Franklin: First American Red Pill Thinker?

Benjamin Franklin autobiography

Most manosphere blogs are anonymous because writing under one’s real name makes oneself nearly unemployable. As a young man Benjamin Franklin had to decide whether prostituting himself out to the system was worth it. A printer at the time, he was asked to publish something he did not agree with.

Franklin decided his integrity was worth more than a few creature comforts. He explained this decision not to print the letter thusly:

I have perused your piece, and find it to be scurrilous and defamatory. To determine whether I should publish it or not, I went home in the evening, purchased a two penny loaf at the baker’s, and with water from the pump made my supper; I then wrapped myself up in my great coat, and laid down on the floor and slept till morning, when, on another loaf and a mug of water, I made my breakfast. From this regimen I feel no inconvenience whatever. Finding I can live in this manner, I have formed a determination never to prostitute my press to the purposes of corruption, and abuse of this kind, for the sake of gaining a more comfortable subsistence.

From Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.

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  • sfer

    Franklin’s autobiography is really good. It is a shame that it doesn’t cover more of his life.

    I like this book:

    It contains three great short American autobiographies:

    A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,

  • Rob

    I read his autobiography while in high school. I had taken to frugality somewhat naturally anyway, but his book cemented that lifestyle in my head.

    It’s a fine line between frugal and cheap, so tread carefully.

  • beta_plus

    By many accounts, he was the quite the PUA. It’s interesting reading the stories of the founding fathers. Some, like Washington and Madison, were very Beta. Ended up marrying women who already had kids despite being in positions that should have made them Alpha enough to get a woman w/o kids. Franklin, OTOH, was very Alpha.

  • XDays

    Benjamin Franklin was the Manosphere of his era. He dished out great advice, racked up flags, deduced that his contemporary society was unjust, and helped to create a new system.

  • samseau

    The reason I stay anonymous is because having my real name associated with my writings will make it harder for me to get laid. The job part I couldn’t care less about.

    • Danger & Play

      You shouldn’t be telling women your real name.