The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

Posted by khalling 6 years, 7 months ago to Philosophy
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This has been posted in here before, and I give thanks today to (drum roll) Maphesdus! He is the one who found the pdf of "Of Plymouth PLantation" which is in here somewhere-but I couldn't find the link. Enjoy your day! I am battoning down hatches-hurricane barreling down on us!

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  • Posted by edweaver 6 years, 7 months ago
    Thanks for posting this K! I have learned this story as well but not until many years after public school. Seems to me history is repeating itself. Sad that many in our generation cannot learn from the past but it is somewhat hard to hold them at fault when it is the system that doesn't teach the truth.
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 6 years, 6 months ago
    I was thinking it would be Ledbetters Vol. 1 America's Forgotten History but appreciate the Mises version they are both fairly detailed and coincide with each other. I'm working through Ledbetter carefully in between the other books and reading assignments and just ordered up a few more. I'm a glutton for knowledge.
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  • Posted by nsnelson 6 years, 6 months ago
    I have heard this before, presented by a Christian economist. Do you (or does anyone else) know if this has been presented in the video media? I think it could be very compelling.

    The pilgrims land, begin settlements, and try the socialist experiment, which ends poorly. Just think of all the drama possible to illustrate this failure! It has ample opportunity to re-portray the 20th Century Motor Company's demise (think of Jeff Allen's descriptions to Dagny).

    Then, after the population fell from 500 to 60 (!!!), the transformation is night to day. It is amazing how people care for property and make it productive when they own it, when they can say, "this is mine!" When they are free to create value, trade it, and benefit from their own productive activity.

    This then sets up the "producers' Thanksgiving," celebrating the success of capitalism, sowing the seeds of what will become the early US economy. It might not be the best Objectivist piece, just because an honest non-revisionist portrayal would not be able to avoid the religious zeitgeist of that settlement. But it would be an excellent platform to illustrate the failures of socialism, and of the superiority of private property, liberty and free trade, capitalism. I feel a craving to see this in movie format. Have I just missed it? Or is this a project worth talking up?
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