OT - The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:20 PM
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Mises Institute http://www.mises.org/story/336 The Great Thanksgiving Hoax By Richard J. Maybury
Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and news papers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.
It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a white- washed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.
The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.
The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.
The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves. In his 'History of Plymouth Plantation,' the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."
In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men. But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty," Bradford wrote, "and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God." Thereafter, he wrote, "any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day." In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.
What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop." They began to question their form of economic organization. This had required that "all profits & benefits that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means" were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, "all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock." A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take out only what he needed. This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that "young men that are most able and fit for labor and service" complained about being forced to "spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children." Also, "the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak." So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.
To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of famines.
Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609-10, called "The Starving Time," the population fell from five- hundred to sixty.
Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth. In 1614, Colony Secretary Ralph Hamor wrote that after the switch there was "plenty of food, which every man by his own industry may easily and doth procure." He said that when the socialist system had prevailed, "we reaped not so much corn from the labors of thirty men as three men have done for themselves now."
Before these free markets were established, the colonists had nothing for which to be thankful. They were in the same situation as Ethiopians are today, and for the same reasons. But after free markets were established, the resulting abundance was so dramatic that the annual Thanksgiving celebrations became common throughout the colonies, and in 1863, Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Thus the real reason for Thanksgiving, deleted from the official story, is: Socialism does not work; the one and only source of abundance is free markets, and we thank God we live in a country where we can have them. * * * * * Mr. Maybury writes on investments.
This article originally appeared in The Free Market, November 1985.
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On 11/24/2015 9:05 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

The article is itself a hoax, according to actual historians, rather than Tea Party fantasists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/weekinreview/21zernike.html?_r=0
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Republicans are only confused by the truth, so they discard it as convenient.
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snipped-for-privacy@slp53.sl.home (Scott Lurndal) writes:

True enough. Apparently, they also suffer from an inability to recognize an appropriate forum for their nonsense.
BUT:
Responding to their nonsense only encourages them. They're looking to rile people up that can see both sides of an issue. They want us all marching in lockstep and it frustrates them when some people think before speaking.
No offense intended, but it's a waste of time to respond. Especially to that idiot.
Okay, back to waiting for actual home repair issues for me.
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On 11/24/2015 12:45 PM, Dan Espen wrote:

Anyone remember the time Rush Limbaugh made a tape of all the times the liberal talking heads used the term "gravitas", it was about three minute of straight quote from the liberal talking heads, who were marching in lockstep. Frustrated because conservatives can see both sides of the issues.
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On 11/24/2015 05:27 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

That would be novel, particularly the Pillsbury Doughboy.
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On 11/24/2015 11:17 AM, Moe DeLoughan wrote:

I've been somewhat of a history buff and what I've learned today is that it is constantly being re-written, mostly by liberal academics, to suit the politics of the writer.
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On 11/24/2015 12:31 PM, Frank wrote:

The Limbaugh version some what matches what I was taught in government schools, back when. It also feels more correct, to me.
I think the NY times story is as much a hoax as the pilgrims and indians thing that is commonly hoaxed, now days. One hoax supporting the same hoax.
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On 11/24/2015 11:17 AM, Moe DeLoughan wrote:

Naah, another liberal socialist hoax, to support the far left agenda hoax put forth by biassed agenda driven fanatics who want to destroy working America that was once great.
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