Volume 20, Issue 44                          November 19, 2015
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How Free Enterprise Saved the Pilgrims: A Thanksgiving Story
Address Security Concerns But Let Syrian Refugees Come to the U.S.
Charles Koch Blasts Corporate Welfare
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How Free Enterprise Saved the Pilgrims: A Thanksgiving Story

Next week, we will not be publishing an issue of the Liberator Online as Thanksgiving falls on the day we normally publish, and we encourage you to spend time with family and friends, celebrating all the things for which you are thankful. In case you're curious, I'm thankful for your continued readership and support of The Advocates.

To add a bit of Liberty to the celebration, I'm excerpting an article James W. Harris published in our Thanksgiving issue last year about how it was free enterprise that saved the Pilgrims from disaster from award-winning historian Nathaniel Philbrick:

“The fall of 1623 marked the end of Plymouth’s debilitating food shortages. For the last two planting seasons, the Pilgrims had grown crops communally — the approach first used at Jamestown and other English settlements. But as the disastrous harvest of the previous fall had shown, something drastic needed to be done to increase the annual yield.

In April, [Plymouth Colony governor William] Bradford had decided that each household should be assigned its own plot to cultivate, with the understanding that each family kept whatever it grew.

The change in attitude was stunning. Families were now willing to work much harder than they had ever worked before. In previous years, the men had tended the fields while the women tended the children at home.

‘The women now went willingly into the field,’ Bradford wrote, ‘and took their little ones with them to set corn.’

. . .

The Pilgrims had stumbled on the power of capitalism. Although the fortunes of the colony still teetered precariously in the years ahead, the inhabitants never again starved.

Governor Bradford tells the story himself in his book History of Plymouth Plantation, taken from his journals kept between 1630 and 1651, and recognized today as an American classic. Bradford describes the problems of the communal system (spelling has been modernized):

For this community [of food and property] . . . was found to breed much confusion and discontentment, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort . . .

For the young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong . . . had no more in division . . . than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labors and victuals, clothes, etc . . . thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. And men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.

Bradford then describes the dramatic results of the shift to private plots and individual incentives:

This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before would allege weakness and inability, whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."

As you celebrate next week, I hope that you recall that our great abundance is due to free enterprise and the protection of private property rights.

Have a great holiday! 


News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff
Address Security Concerns But Let Syrian Refugees Come to the U.S.

America’s governors are playing right into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, the governors of 30 states have called on the Obama administration to delay its plans to allow refugees from Syria to be placed in their states.
The concerns aren’t without merit. One of the Islamic radicals who participated in the terrorist attacks had a passport, using a phony name, showing that he entered Europe from Syria. This revelation has raised concerns about holes in the security screenings of the refugees who may enter the United States as the flee from a bloody civil war that has ravaged their country and left tens of thousands dead.

Read more about the Syrian refugee crisis here..

Factcheck the Second Democratic Debate Here!

Charles Koch Blasts Corporate Welfare

It’s amazing how Charles and David Koch have become the boogeymen of progressives. Democratic politicians, in their class warfare messaging, often reference the multi-billionaire brothers, who frequently contribute to free market causes and Republican candidates.


In reality, the Koch brothers, both of whom are libertarians, hold views that are overlap with progressive thought. They’re skeptical of the United States’ foreign policysupport same-sex marriage, and are critical of corporate welfare.

Read more about the Koch's blast of corporate welfare here..



New York's Taxi Cartel Is Collapsing. Now They Want a Bailout - FEE
The Rise of "Reality Capitalism" - FEE
The Man Who Made Your Selfies Possible - Fee

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 

Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

KEEPING US SAFE?: "After a terrorist attack, it's natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe? One thing they could do is actually focus on keeping us safe rather than devoting so much time, energy and hot air to the many things government does instead of protecting lives and property." â€” John StosselFox Business Host, November 18, 2015

GUMMED UP RECOVERY: "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies." â€” Lee E. Ohanian, Vice Chair of UCLA's Department of Economics, August 10, 2015

IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM: "I hope that both the Yale community and the Christakises can move forward with a renewed respect for the importance of freedom of expression and dialogue.” â€” Greg Lukianoff, FIRE President and CEO, November 18, 2015

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