A cherished Thanksgiving tradition the past few decades has been listening to Rush Limbaugh tell the tale of the Pilgrims’ failed experiment with socialism.
“Nobody owned anything… Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter.”Rush Limbaugh
The Mayflower crew landed in Plymouth Bay on December 21, 1620. Few survived to the first Thanksgiving.
According to the writings of William Bradford, the Pilgrims’ situation greatly improved after replacing collectivism with capitalism, allowing each family to use their private property to sell the crops grown themselves.
Limbaugh died at the age of 70 on Feb. 17, 2021 after battling stage-four lung cancer for over a year.
Graphic courtesy the Pilgrim Hall Museum.