Thanksgiving is a free market holiday. ““The true meaning of Thanksgiving is the triumph of Capitalism over the failure of Collectivism in all its forms,” Richard Ebeling has written. His classic essay “Thanksgiving: A Free Market Celebration,” begins:
This time of the year is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. More than 54 million Americans are travelling this Thanksgiving to find their table of celebration in remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America. The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620, were not only escaping from religious persecution in their homeland. They also wanted to turn their back on what they viewed as the materialistic and greedy corruption of the Old World.
May America return to the roots of what makes prosperity possible and consistent, with a major step-back of government in all areas of our lives, economic and personal.