Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Lewis Shupe, Contributor, Freedom Fighters of America
November 22. 2014
The United States Freedom Army would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day is the day we give thanks for the wonderful freedoms we enjoy and the bounty we have been given by the richness of this land. Let us not forget that for others to continue to enjoy this richness and bounty we must strive to work diligently to see that it endures for our children and grandchildren.
Below is attached a short Thanksgiving story. Some of you are probably familiar with the story and have seen it written in various forms but it always bears repeating. It is often amazing what one can learn from history.
On August 1, 1620, a ship called the “Mayflower” left England with 102 passengers bound for the New World. The manifest included two groups. The Separatists, led by William Bradford, had fled their homeland and the oppressive Church of England under King James I. The Strangers sought the New World for other reasons. Together they formed the Pilgrims.
The contract the Pilgrims brokered with their merchant-sponsors in London specified that everything they produce go into a common store, with each member entitled to one common share. In addition, all the land they cleared and the structures they built belonged to the community. The Pilgrims were soon to discover that this arrangement did not work well.
William Bradford, Governor of the new colony, realized the futility of collectivism and abandoned the practice. Instead, Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family and permitted them to market their own crops and other products, thereby unleashing the power of capitalism and the free enterprise system. What Bradford had realized after a few years of poor crops was that these industrious people had no reason to work hard without the motivation of personal incentive.
The practice of collectivism had ended in failure and, fortunately for the Pilgrims, Governor Bradford had been wise enough to end the practice shortly after arrival. What William Bradford wrote about this practice of collectivism in his journal “Of Plymouth Plantation” should be required reading in all American History classes. What happened first when collectivism was attempted is as follows:
“The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.”
What happened second when collectivism was replaced by capitalism and the concept of private property:
“This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far greater content.”
The Pilgrims soon found they had more food than they could eat, so they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits they realized allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London and caused more migration to the New World.
These events can be summarized quite succinctly. Socialism did not work in 1620, 1720, 1820 or 1920 and has not worked up until the present time. It will also not work in 2020, 2120, 2220, 2320 or into the infinite future. It is a failed system that certain liberals and romantics persist in attempting to install. That attempt must be fought vigorously since it always leads to dictatorship and the best way to fight against it is to always try to avoid centralized political power. The Constitution of the United States makes such a provision but it must be followed judiciously or the nation will fall into disrepair.