Most manosphere blogs are anonymous because writing under one’s real name makes oneself nearly unemployable. As a young man Benjamin Franklin had to decide whether prostituting himself out to the system was worth it. A printer at the time, he was asked to publish something he did not agree with.
Franklin decided his integrity was worth more than a few creature comforts. He explained this decision not to print the letter thusly:
I have perused your piece, and find it to be scurrilous and defamatory. To determine whether I should publish it or not, I went home in the evening, purchased a two penny loaf at the baker’s, and with water from the pump made my supper; I then wrapped myself up in my great coat, and laid down on the floor and slept till morning, when, on another loaf and a mug of water, I made my breakfast. From this regimen I feel no inconvenience whatever. Finding I can live in this manner, I have formed a determination never to prostitute my press to the purposes of corruption, and abuse of this kind, for the sake of gaining a more comfortable subsistence.
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