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Appendix D: The Protestant Work Ethic

The Protestant Work Ethic is a phrase coined by Max Weber to explain the economy of Industrial Germany in 1892-1894. East German peasant farmers were dispossesed of their land and replaced with Polish-Russian migrant farmers. Weber’s essay The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism proposed that the origins of the capitalist mentality was located in the neo-Calvinist ethic of seventeenth century England. An explanation of the rules is on the next page. (19)

The neo-Calvinist Utilitarians also known as the Scottish Enlightenment or Age of Enlightment was headed by English Lord Chancellor Sir Francis Bacon, clerk to the Star Chamber: England’s Inquistional torture chamber in 1608. He started publishing in 1597 and wrote of English only instruction, manipulation by land-theft, order through violence, slavery, industrialism, control of food supply, and division of continents into precisely demarcated states using the Venetian Machiavellian: 1469-1527 nation-state emerging in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. Translation was made possible by his uncle Sir Thomas Hoby who also translated Castiglione. Bacon’s other uncle was Lord Burghley: Sir William Cecil, Lord Treasurer, chief counselor to Elizabeth I, and from 1572-1598 the most powerful man in England. (118, 119)

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