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The REAL story of Thanksgiving: Celebration of the success of God centered Capitalism

Posted by mrfixit on November 25, 2010

We are told these days about how the poor helpless settlers in the new world were saved by the Natives. Is that what really what happened, or is that only part of the story?

Did the pilgrims attempt an early form of a commune and it miserably failed?  Did they attempt to create a redistributive utopia only to find it sapped any initiative to be productive, and as a result there was not enough productivity at harvest and there were shortages of basic supplies? – It happens every time it is tried!  The forced taking of the fruits of production only to have it distributed equally regardless of the contribution to that collective, it always ends up as a system to distribute misery. 

When producers are unable to reap any reward or incentive for their efforts, that effort quickly becomes the minimum and productivity drops, then there is just not enough. 

What the conventional wisdom has become is that the settlers were saved by the natives, well while there was no doubt some cooperation and no doubt that helped, the real thanks was the scraping of the collectivist system in favor of a more capitalist “system” where the farmers would keep the harvest and trade freely with others yielded a bumper crop abundance which was then also shared with the natives!

If you recall, capitalism is really not a system, but freedom itself:


More details on the Real Thanksgiving:

“Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out in California – and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way.” There’s no question they were organic vegetables. “Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. That’s right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work!” They nearly starved!”

“The real story of Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for the guidance and the inspiration to set up a thriving colony. The bounty was shared with the Indians.” They did sit down” and they did have free-range turkey and organic vegetables, “but it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day,” as acknowledged by George Washington in his first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789.”


“As Aristotle noted, “That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.”

“If individuals can take from a common pot regardless of how much they put in it, each person has an incentive to be a free-rider, to do as little as possible and take as much as possible because what one fails to take will be taken by someone else. Soon, the pot is empty.”

” Secure property rights are the key. When producers know their future products are safe from confiscation, they take risks and invest. But when they fear they will be deprived of the fruits of their labor, they will do as little as possible.”


“Liberty, not “government vision,” yields innovation. For this priceless insight bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers, Americans should give eternal thanks.“


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