I've posted this before, and I'm going to post it again, every year. It's a story that needs to be known because it has been twisted way out of shape by historians and the news media. The “experiment” attempted by William Bradford, when colonists first came to this country, involved ALL colonists growing crops with them being “owned in common” and deposited into a “common store,” with each colonists owning ONE share, even if their labors contributed more than that. Sound familiar? Collectivism; socialism; many years BEFORE the birth of Karl Marx, whose writings CREATED the biggest example of the FAILURE of collectivism, which was called COMMUNISM. School books teach us that the colony finally succeeded after starving for the first year with many colonists dying (including Bradford’s wife) because the local Indians taught them how to survive and that this feast was to thank them. Not true. The whole story is a lie, fabricated by those who still wish to force collectivism on an unsuspecting populace. The reality is that their collectivist society did not work. It gave the colonists no INCENTIVE to produce more for SOMEONE ELSE than they would for themselves.
Nobody is going to work harder for the benefit of OTHERS, not themselves. It’s just not human nature. The feast was one of THANKSGIVING for their success after they ABANDONED the collectivist scheme. But don’t expect the truth to ever be taught in our schools because the truth will not advance the collectivist philosophy (which the liberals are still pushing), which has been proven to fail every time it has been tried. So why do they keep pushing it? POWER! A collectivist society allows certain people to have POWER over the rest. Never mind it doesn’t work. It will last as long as the current collectivists, who intend to be “in charge,” are alive; and that’s all they care about. The true and complete story of Thanksgiving is that CAPITALISM and the “free market” succeeds every time it is “unleashed.” But collectivists are still trying, hundreds of years later, to “shape” it into something that works (They still say it has never been tried properly). Bradford decided early to ABANDON it, and his colony succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. We need to do the same. (Physician Entrepreneur