Tuesday, November 24, 2015




Nov. 24, 2015
Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?
William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.
The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had suffered serious losses. Starvation was imminent.
Bradford realized that the communal system encouraged and rewarded waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed individual initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He distributed private plots of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging them to plant early and farm as individuals, not collectively.
The results: a bountiful early harvest that saved the colonies.  After THAT  harvest the Pilgrims celebrated with a day of Thanksgiving.  
Unfortunately, William Bradford's diaries -- in which he recorded the failure of the collectivist system and the triumph of private enterprise -- were lost for many years. When Thanksgiving was later made a national holiday, the present November date was chosen. And the lesson the Pilgrims so painfully learned was, alas, not made a part of the holiday.
Happily, Bradford's diaries were later rediscovered. They're available today in paperback. They tell the real story of Thanksgiving -- how private property and individual initiative saved the Pilgrims.
This Thanksgiving season, one of the many things I'm thankful for is our free market system (imperfectly realized as it is). And I'm also grateful that there are increasing numbers of Americans who are learning the importance of free markets, and who are working to replace government coercion with marketplace cooperation here in America and around the world.
Paul Schmidt
PS: A special thanks to long-time Advocate volunteer Cris Everett, who told us about this neglected bit of history several years ago.
-- copied from http://FreedomKeys.com/thanksgiving.htm  which was excerpted from the Nov. 20, 1997 issue of  THE LIBERATOR ONLINE at http://www.theadvocates.org/liberator/vol-02-num-21.htm
   "Back in the early 80s, we took the kids up to Plymouth to see my wife’s sister who lived there at the time. Visited Plymouth Plantation. During the tour, I was struck by the presence of fortified guard shacks in the town square and asked the guide if they were a last line of defense for the citizens there if trouble with the natives spilled into the compound. He told us that they were for the control of the FOOD RIOTS which broke out those first few winters — BEFORE they abandoned their experiment with Marxism before Karl was even born.... Seems each generation or so we must relearn the hard lessons of history."  
                                           -- Dick Bachert
for more detailed accounts see: 
How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims at http://tinyurl.com/ylc83r
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax  at-http://mises.org/story/336
The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson  at 
How Capitalism Saved America  at
The REAL Thanksgiving Story   at 
Giving Thanks for Lessons Learned at 
and The Plymouth Experiment  at http://snipurl.com/12lca
And there are a lot more HERE:  http://search.mises.org/search?q=thanksgiving&site=default_collection
Find some more excerpts from Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford's journal HERE: http://freedomkeys.com/ofplymouthplantation.htm
and-HERE: http://tinyurl.com/1stThanksgiving

Also see Tasty Trivia-here: http://FreedomKeys.com/fascinating.htm
"Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." -- President John Adams, direct descendent of Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden  "The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Private property is the most important guarantee of freedom." -- F.A. Hayek 
"No freedom is secure if your property rights are not secure." -- Neal Boortz
"It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree."-- Ayn Rand
"If you can't own (and use) property, you are property." - Wayne Hage

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The real Thanksgiving is the feast of Tabernacles as commanded in Leviticus. People please READ THE BOOK! May YHWH guide us all.