Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Real Thanksgiving

I've read a similar article on several occasions now but have never linked to them. I do think it is worth taking note of though - especially these sections:
In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.
To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of famines.
Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth. In 1614, Colony Secretary Ralph Hamor wrote that after the switch there was "plenty of food, which every man by his own industry may easily and doth procure." He said that when the socialist system had prevailed, "we reaped not so much corn from the labors of thirty men as three men have done for themselves now."
This is the real lesson to be learned from "the First Thanksgiving." If America truly is a "City on a Hill" it is the ideal of every man having the opportunity to be successful as his labors will take him that is the true beacon of the country.

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