Few or no thanks were part of the first thanksgiving . . .

Blithe Spirit

. . . which was ” not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.” writes Richard J. Maybury at Mises Daily.

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 field. They preferred instead to steal food.

He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death.

Then came a new “form of economic organization.” The old form

had required that “all profits & benefits that are got…

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