As we do every year, your Curmudgeon extends holiday greetings to all, including our many non-US readers who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
This was our original Thanksgiving thread from 2008, which is still worth reading: Of Plymouth Plantation: “Every Man for His Own Particular”.
As you surely know, Plymouth Colony occupies a special place in American history. Its original settlers arrived on the Mayflower, and the descendants of that legendary voyage still take pride in their heritage. Also, it was the Plymouth colony that observed the first Thanksgiving.
But it’s not generally known that the original settlers began by practicing bible communism, a peculiar kind of economic and social arrangement that they thought would bring the blessings of heaven upon them. It didn’t. Instead, it resulted in misery.
From that experience they learned a big lesson which is well described in William Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation. That’s what our Thanksgiving post from 2008 is all about. As Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) said: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Thanksgiving is traditionally a slow time for our kind of news news, but we conducted our usual news sweep anyway — and found nothing of interest. It’ll probably be like that all day, so we’re declaring this post to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone.
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