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The Ben Franklin Effect

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Benjamin Franklin was savagely denounced by a fellow member of the Pennsylvania legislature in the mid-1700’s.  His antagonist, who apparently enjoyed talking about him, had never even bothered to talk to him.  Franklin promptly initiated a response.  He had all kinds of weapons at his disposal.  A master of linguistic cleverness, he could have nailed his adversary with a few Twitter-length putdowns.  An… Read more »