Friday, 27 November 2015

Quote of the Day: For our American friends …

“Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation."
~ Ayn Rand

BONUS POST: The true but little-told story of how Thanksgiving very nearly didn’t happen . . .

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  1. I was interested that the Han dynasty [ 206BC to 220 AD] attempted variations of private ownership, or control of land. .
    First they wanted to curb the power of nobles and the wealthy . No matter what they did , eventually sale and exchange of land caused wealthy groups and also near slave workers and tenants. Much poverty and slavery was also because of ludicrously high taxes.
    Then Emperor Wang Mang from his new dynasty abolished purchase and sale of land, dividing up the now State land to peasant control. It did not work, he had to repeal the reform within three years, he was overthrown and killed and the Han dynasty was quickly re-established.
    Surprise surprise some people become wealthy, others became poor tenants. Nearly 200 years later Mao Zedong discovered the 'Great leap backwards ' and starved, and maltreated about 30 million Chinese to death with State control and ownership of land. .

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    1. Should read above Mao Zedong nearly 2000 [ not 200 ] , two thousand years later re introduced State ownership ..... etc

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