The harvest of 1621 (which we celebrate) was a time of famine, corruption and socialism for the fledgling Plymouth colony. The real lesson of thanksgiving is what happened when these intrepid heroes chose to make some wise changes to their economic system which we dismiss at our own great peril today.
“Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.
Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating explains economist Richard Maybury (see link at bottom)
It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving’s real meaning.
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. The first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.
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 under the early form of socialism that the harvest of 1621 (which thanksgiving commemorates) was gathered under.
THE BRILLIANCE OF THE COLONISTS (politicans take notes please!) IS THAT RATHER THAN SINK DEEPER INTO SOCIALISM, THEY CHANGED THINGS, DRASTICALLY.
THEY ESTABLISHED FREE MARKETS!!!!!!
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.
Read all of Richard Mayburys’ “The Great Thanksgiving Hoax” here: