|Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 01:44 AM EST|
|Whether Benjamin Franklin knew the value of the dollar or not seems irrelevant.
What Benjamin Franklin did understand was a principle much greater than any
value that can possibly be bestowed on a piece of paper or minted coin.
a excerpt from his Autobiography, where he discusses his design for the Franklin
Stove, and his publication of the design so that all might freely (as in freedom
as well as monetary) benefit from it:
This pamphlet had a good
effect. Governor Thomas was so pleased with the construction of this stove, as
described in it, that he offered to give me a patent for the sole vending of
them for a term of years; but I declined it from a principle which has ever
weighed with me on such occasions, viz., That, as we enjoy great advantages from
the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by
any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and
the link to the quote in his autobiography.
I think that Benjamin understood
the value, not just in the freedom of press and in the freedom of expression,
but also the in freedom of ideas.
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