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Dr. Peter McNamara is a Professor of Practice in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) at Arizona State University. His research and teaching focuses on American political thought, early modern political thought, and political economy. He is the author of "Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic" and the editor of "The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor and the American Founding", and (with Louis Hunt), "Liberalism, Conservatism and Hayek's Idea of Spontaneous Order". He has taught at Utah State University, Boston College, and Clemson University, where he was a Hayek's Visiting Scholar.
All agree that Benjamin Franklin embodied and perhaps had something to do with inventing the capitalist spirit. But what exactly were the virtues he adhered to and the skills that he developed? The real Benjamin Franklin was far from a stodgy business man devoted to making money.