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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:14 AM

Commentary: Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Private Property

Next year at this time, Americans will mark the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the subsequent founding of the Plymouth colony by English Separatists we know as the Pilgrims. They, of course, became the mothers and fathers of the first Thanksgiving.

The Common Property Approach

The first few years of the settlement were fraught with hardship and hunger. Four centuries later, they also provide us with one of history’s most decisive verdicts on the critical importance of private property. We should never forget that the Plymouth colony was headed straight for oblivion under a communal, socialist plan but saved itself when it embraced something very different.

In the diary of the colony’s first governor, William Bradford, we can read about the settlers’ initial arrangement: Land was held in common. Crops were brought to a common storehouse and distributed equally. For two years, every person had to work for everybody else (the community), not for themselves as individuals or families. Did they live happily ever after in this socialist utopia?

Hardly. The “common property” approach killed off about half the settlers. Governor Bradford recorded in his diary that everybody was happy to claim their equal share of production, but production only shrank. Slackers showed up late for work in the fields, and the hard workers resented it. It’s called “human nature.”

The disincentives of the socialist scheme bred impoverishment and conflict until, facing starvation and extinction, Bradford altered the system. He divided common property into private plots, and the new owners could produce what they wanted and then keep or trade it freely.

Communal socialist failure was transformed into private property/capitalist success, something that’s happened so often historically it’s almost monotonous. The “people over profits” mentality produced fewer people until profit—earned as a result of one’s care for his own property and his desire for improvement—saved the people.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:24 AM

1. Socialists never learn from history

"Well get it right THIS time."

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:38 AM

2. If a Democrat or primitive were president in 2020, I'll bet there would be

no notice of the anniversary despite its importance.

In 2011, I could not help but notice that Barack Obama never got around to saying anything about it being the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, which of course had a powerful impact upon our language.

Since he hates Christianity, he didn't have to comment about the religious aspect, but it would've been nice if he'd noted the very important cultural and literary aspect.

It seems to me the next few years will see a lot of anniversaries significant to Protestantism and the Reformation--and to our society and culture as a whole--but I'll bet if we have a Democrat or primitive president, nobody's going to give them any notice. Lenin's or Stalin's birthdays, yes, but none of these.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:17 PM

3. Human nature

Why communes failed the hippies and why Marx' manifesto was unworkable ... he never accounted for human nature ... incentive and reward plus resentment of the slackers.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:49 PM

4. I believe.....

....this was laid out in a book I read years ago called "Lies My Teacher Told Me" about all the myths and fake history that make up the American history most of us learned in school.

Great book should anyone be interested.

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Tue Dec 3, 2019, 01:20 PM

5. And the moral of the story SHOULD be:

"If you don't work, you don't eat."

Unless you can get yourself on Welfare and Food Stamps, then its "vacation for life"!

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