Thanksgiving: a story about God, Capitalism, and freedom
A summary, according to Rush:
“A group of people arrived on a boat committed to being equal and the same. It failed. They end up turning out industrious activity, creating that by virtue of competition and being able to keep what you produced. They produced more than they needed. They ended up setting up trading posts. They exchanged goods with the Indians, and the profits finally allowed them to pay off the debts to their sponsors, the merchants in London who had sponsored them. Free enterprise gave them the freedom they came to America for.”
“The success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.’ In other words, the Pilgrims had such overwhelming success at growing their community, word spread all the way back to England, and it began this huge migration of people to America – which still goes on today.”
“Remember, the Pilgrims preceded the founding of the country by hundreds of years. They really were the ones that got it started and showed how it could be done. And it was — I don’t want to use the word “rich.” It was so plentiful, this was what they were thankful for.
They thanked God for the guidance found in the Bible for restructuring their community, and shared their bounty with the Indians, who did teach them how to do things they didn’t know how to do, basically be farmers.”
That’s The True Story of Thanksgiving.