Benjamin Franklin's Radical Agrarian Project

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Summary: In this lecture, Professor Albertone explains Franklin's interest in radical political and economic reform in tandem with a group of reform-minded luminaries in Britain and in France, and the role he played at the centre of an uninvestigated triangulation between France, Great Britain and America. The lecture explains Franklin's interest in physiocracy and the radical implications of French economic ideas, from Turgot and Condorcet to the British radical milieus. It will highlight Franklin's ability to deliver economic reflection and radical thought, and his passionate belief that only a new attention to the nature of land ownership and its role could combat the forces of corruption so prevalent in commercial societies and shape a modern republic.