Whipping Benjamin Franklin
Good old Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, we are taught to adore. We spend him on the 100 dollar bill, he is given such reverence.
Do you revere Franklin’s ideals? Do you know what they were?
Let me throw this one your way, an aphorism published in his Poor Richard’s Almanac: “Love well, whip well.”
Benjamin Franklin becomes a little bit less cuddly upon inspection.
I wonder how the pro-whipping aphorism can be reconciled with another of Franklin’s Poor Richard aphorisms: “Those who are feared are hated.”