Socialism is profoundly at odds with the American experience, and always has been. The Mayflower passengers who settled in Plymouth sought to build a socialist society avant la lettre, one in which, as Governor William Bradford later recounted, there would be no private ownership of property and “all profits and benefits” were to be part of “the common stock.” The settlers wanted a system in which everyone would work for the common good, and there would be no inequality of wealth. What they got was a painful lesson in socialism’s failures, with rising levels of hunger, corruption, and persecution. Only after the colony reversed course in 1623 and established private property rights did its fortunes change for the better.
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Every time “socialism” comes up, think “Mayflower Compact”!
Every time Communist Bernie Sanders or the other “Socialists” promise free stuff, think “North / South Korea”, “East / West Berlin”, “Venezuela”, or genocide!
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