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Benjamin Franklin discussions of the poor laws were written in England during his stay there for 18 years. During this period there was heated discussion and condemnation of the poor laws in England. Franklin was a scholar with keen interest in economics, and political discourse and was easily drawn in the discussion. In 1766 he was upfront in questioning the poor laws, and advocating outright repeal. He made it clear that he was for helping the poor. His point of contention was the means to support them. Franklin was making the case, that the poor can workout of poverty. He believed what was needed was providing them jobs, leadership and motivation for them to work. He earlier mentioned that perhaps the order of God and nature of wants and miseries is about leading or driving …show more content…
He was opposed to poor law in England and felt the adaptation of similar program in US would equally fail. He believed that helping the poor to become self-reliance was the way to fight poverty. He was born from a poor family and worked his way to success. He was of the opinion that humans are prone to life ease if they are provided for, and would sit back and wait for handouts. This to him enslaved people to a life of poverty because of making it easy for them. Franklin believed helping the poor was interfering with natural laws and the government. The provisions provided to the poor were instead an entrapment to poverty. He mentioned how a person educated in plenty would find the provision provided for the poor as misery, while those who are poor would not aspire for anything more. He talks about how his ancestors were driven to work to afford food, and how the struggles drove them to working hard and bettering their lives. Though Benjamin Franklin grew up in are relatively poor family, and understood the values of most working people, he comes across as ruthless and heartless towards the plight of the

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