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Those who have carefully read the  Autobiography  will recognize the grain (or bushel) of truth in  Weber's argument. Franklin made amply clear that he believed a man's first duty was to tend to his  own business, and that virtues such as industry and frugality were the best aids to financial  prosperity. If Weber chooses to define these attitudes as the spirit of capitalism, then he builds a  strong case when he argues that Franklin expressed that spirit as clearly as anyone who ever wrote. Those who have read their Weber more carefully than their Franklin have often been repelled by the  image of a man so engrossed in amassing profits that he seemed to have little more than the  profiteer's mentality. They have forgotten that Franklin desired wealth not with an insatiable lust, but  rather regarded it as the best insurance of honesty and independence. Because Franklin assumed 
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