Forget all that sharing crap! John Stossel is here to remind us all that Thanksgiving was really built on capitalism (he calls it "the lost lesson of Thanksgiving.") He argues that the tragedy of the commons was to blame for Plymouth being near starvation (I'm sure being woefully unprepared for the winters, and not knowing how to farm native crops had nothing to do with it.. He also conveniently ignores the quotes in the same journals he cites that talk about the bounties of that first communal harvest..) It's pretty well documented that the Native Americans lived fairly communal lives, sharing with the village as needed, and they seem to have done all right (well, until blankets with Small pox started being the #1 stocking stuffer.) He quotes the 2nd governor of Plymouth, William Bradford, who sounds like a model Randian. Although, he doesn't include my favorite Bradford quote: "And for men's wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it." Because no good American would ever brook slavery!
So remember kids, as you sit down to this Thanksgiving dinner, be thankful that you have the right, nay the obligation, to profit from the work of others. Or, did you catch & kill that turkey yourself?
PS – I cannot recommend highly enough the hilarious movie reviews on the Rand site linked above. Ever wondered what Ayn Rand would think of Phantom of the Opera? Well, now you can find out! Hours of endless enjoyment! I especially like how their favorite part of Firefly is that Mal is "Always railing against the stifling control of the state…"
Last 5 posts by Ezra
- Yogi Berra for Governor - December 7th, 2010
- BGGCon 2010 - Day 0 - December 6th, 2010
- Your Friday Afternoon is Happy to See the Name World B. Free - December 3rd, 2010
- Boardgamegeek Con - Year 2 - November 15th, 2010
- The Games We Played: Alexander Hamilton - AntiFederalist - November 12th, 2010