How a failed socialist experiment resulted in the first Thanksgiving

A failed socialist experiment at Plymouth Plantation led the Pilgrims led to private property, beneficial self interest, survival and the first Thanksgiving.

It’s wrong to say that American was founded by capitalists. In fact, America was founded by socialists who had the humility to learn from their initial mistakes and embrace freedom. One of the earliest and arguably most historically significant North American colonies was Plymouth Colony, founded in 1620 in what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts.

As William Bradford recorded in his Of Plymouth Plantation, a people who had formerly been known for their virtue and hard work became lazy and unproductive. Resources were squandered, vegetables were allowed to rot on the ground and mass starvation was the result. And where there is starvation, there is plague. After 2 1/2 years, the leaders of the colony decided to abandon their socialist mandate and create a system which honored private property. The colony survived and thrived and the abundance which resulted was what was celebrated at that iconic Thanksgiving feast.

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12 Responses to How a failed socialist experiment resulted in the first Thanksgiving

  1. Frank in Texas says:

    After 392 years we are no smarter than the Pilgrims were in 1620 about socialism. At least they recognized it was failure in the making and moved to a system that worked. You could transport Obama back to that time and his policies were no better than they are today. Moving “Forward” to failure.

  2. notamobster says:

    Liberals believe that the only reason it hasn’t worked so far, is the wrong people were in charge.

    Today’s socialists are “smarter”. They never own their failures. Never will.

  3. messup says:

    Astute observation. Very correct, too. Recent history, the 70’s “hippie communes,” were carbon copies of John Smith’s demise.

    What is it about these two historical examples, on American soil, Far Left Progressive Activists in American municipal government, State and National fail to grasp and understand?

    It’s fundamentally very simple: two major components…1)public sector and 2) private sector. The regulating “FORCE”… prices.

    Public sector, time and time again invents and concocts artifices (Like Brazil’s 1970/80’s “crawling Peg”) adjusting national prices to a “basket of goods” with a 1% to2% price “correction” per month…net result? Built-in yearly price inflation of 1% to 2%.

    Yes, “invisible hand” is the one denominator capable of unmasking market distortions, public sector intervention and monopolistic tendencies (like Carnegie’s “Morganizing” in the 1930’s, look at what resulted!!!).

    Today, America lives under both Hoover’s and FDR’s “New Deal(s).”
    Need We The People say anymore???
    And in 2012, both US House and Senate are attempting to “right 1930’s New Deal(s) wrongs!!!!
    Pray. Amen. Just like John Smith.

  4. Ray Davies says:

    Somehow or other I wish we INDIANS had been a bit more agressive in border control. If we had been more careful we could have kept the ultra religious socialists out and made room for the folks who wanted to BUILD a Nation

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    It would have been tough for Indians. When John Cabot and other early explorers first sighted New England, it was heavily populated with many large villages and huge areas of cultivation. By the time the Pilgrims showed up more than a hundred years later, the land was depopulated, the fields overgrown and the villages gone. During the period between the first arrival of Europeans and the colonization of the continent, the native population had been nearly wiped out by germs brought by Europeans to which they had no resistance.

    The Wampanoag people met by the Pilgrims were pretty much survivors of an apocalyptic disaster that killed millions. The land the Pilgrims took over was largely cleared by a plague, not war or calculated genocide. The weakened survivors could do little to stop the colonization of the continent.

  6. notamobster says:

    Yep. That’s the way it goes with history… Dirty white people find people living peaceably and destroy them. 😉

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    The ancestors of domesticated cattle evolved on the steppes of central Asia. Europeans lived with them, ate their meat and drank their milk. They also developed immunity to the diseases they spread. They unknowingly brought the cattle poxes to the Americas and they killed off the natives.

    If the natives would have had the cattle and immunity to the pox, the world would look very different today.

    The bottom line? WTF you gonna do? It is no more moral or immoral than an asteroid strike. It is what it is. You can’t unring a bell.

  8. notamobster says:

    I was just funnin’.

    Agreed on the bottom line.

  9. BigJimTX says:

    Instead of trying to unring a bell, now they are just trying to apply copious amounts of HE so that the bell (of Freedom, no less) shall ring no more.

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    Nota: I know. I was just making further comment.

    You know, there were crimes committed by Europeans against the natives. Especially in Central America. I don’t know what the hell we are supposed to do about it. The victims and victimizers are long dead. You and I are sure as hell not guilty of anything.

  11. James says:

    Aztec priests cut their enemy’s hearts out, and the remains were cannibalized.

    Nice people!

  12. Rich says:

    Some 20 years ago I FIRST heard this history from Rush Limbaugh.

    He had told it many years before then, and he still tells it to this day.

    Bottom line: In order for this nation to survive after its inception, it had to reject a failed and deadly 2.5 year bout of socialism, that was so deadly, that it was rejected in toto for capitalism – which brought both health and prosperity.

    Methinks there is a lesson in there somewhere.

    If only I could perceive it …….