Private Property Rights Made the First Thanksgiving Possible

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Attention, however: The “tragedy to the commons” The pilgrims almost died.

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Garrett Hardin, an ecologist, wrote about tragedy of the commons. He explained how common land parcels can be destroyed by cattle ranchers. Because each rancher is motivated to place cattle on the common, this happens. The extra livestock eats all of the grass very quickly. No rancher is motivated to preserve shared grazing land.

Ranchers can put up some fences or divide their land to give them an incentive not to allow too much grazing. This saves both the grasses and cattle.

Although sharing and “public” properties sound great, private ownership is what drives people to preserve and protect their property.

A rental car is not something that can be rented.

This is because Democrats’ multitrillion dollar spending bills, which I brought up, are all about expanding our commons. More free highways and free medical care for children, more money for parents, subsidies for housing, credit for electric cars, etc.

By making it more easy for the commons to be taken from, all these handouts encourage responsibility.

You can save money for retirement. Why? You will get it covered by government. How can you save for college? Why? Why?

This is why I brought it up because the same kind of thinking almost killed the pilgrims.

The pilgrims agreed to take everything with them when they arrived in America. William Bradford (the governor of Plymouth Colony) wrote that the pilgrims considered “taking away of properties and [making it communal]…would make them happy and flourishing.”

The distribution of food and other supplies was based upon need. Pilgrims didn’t produce food by themselves.

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The results were terrible. The first harvest was not enough. That winter, many pilgrims were killed. They might all have starved if they hadn’t received help from the Wampanoag Am Indians.

It was the tragedy for the commons. Because no pilgrim had any crops to grow, there was no incentive for them to do more to make extra money to share with others. Even slackers could get food from the community, so they didn’t have any incentive to work hard.

Many people didn’t.

It was a “injustice” for strong men to think it was unfair that they had “no more in the division of victuals or clothes than someone who was weaker and unable to do one quarter.” They “considered it slavery” that wives had to clean and cook for husbands.

Bradford stated that the shared-farming system “was shown to cause much confusion, discontent, and hinder much employment that would have been in their favor.”

When the Pilgrims ran out of food, they “began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop…that they might not still thus languish in misery.”

Private property was their solution. The collective farm was divided and each family received a piece of the land.

It was hugely successful. Bradford wrote that “it made all hands extremely industrious so more corn was sown than usual.” The women went into the fields willingly and brought their children along to plant corn. They “would claim weakness and inability” before.

Individual plots of land were instrumental in transforming food scarcity into an abundance that gave rise to the Thanksgiving feast.

Bradford said that all men suffer from corruption. Everybody wants to get as much as they possibly can.

Private property is the key to prosperity.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for private property.

That’s how I can eat turkey.