Sent to the organizers of Buy Nothing Day

Regarding Buy Nothing Day -- Thank the gods there's at least a semblance of a free market in this country, so we have the choice to buy or not to buy. The coolest thing about Buy Nothing Day is that it's voluntary -- if it were a government program, they'd force you to buy nothing that day, even if you actually *wanted* to go shopping! They used to have a mandatory Buy Nothing Day every Sunday in Britain -- all the stores were required by law to close on Sunday. Talk about mixing church and state. Fortunately they're moving away from that, and more stores are allowed to stay open now.

  But in most countries we have the opposite problem -- governments continually force us to buy things whether we want them or not. They do this in a thousand different ways, from taking money out of our paychecks to giving us parking tickets (a form of taxation when the purpose is to raise revenue). They even take our money by printing more of it (inflation is a form of taxation too -- each dollar printed makes the dollars in your pocket worth less). Then they engage in massive spending orgies that we paid for, blowing ridiculous amounts on products that aren't needed, services that aren't performed properly, and programs that don't work. Many politicians and bureaucrats get six-figure salaries from our money which they're free to spend on all kinds of silly consumer products that you never would have willingly bought.

  The higher the taxation and the more government (aka "public") control of resources, the less choice we have. Buy Nothing Day is a great opportunity to remind people that government is forcing us to buy every day. I appreciate your group organizing it and providing this chance to educate people.

  Speaking of which, here's a little background on the history of Thanksgiving that I wanted to turn you on to, if you haven't seen it before.

Yours in liberty,
        <<< Starchild >>>

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving was a celebration of the
triumph of private property and individual initiative?

William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony,
founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a
communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in
common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each
according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.

The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400
years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had suffered
serious losses. Starvation was imminent.

Bradford realized that the communal system encouraged and rewarded
waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed individual
initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He distributed private plots
of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging them to plant early
and farm as individuals, not collectively.

The results: a bountiful early harvest that saved the colonies. After
the harvest, the Pilgrims celebrated with a day of Thanksgiving -- on
August 9th.

Unfortunately, William Bradford's diaries -- in which he recorded the
failure of the collectivist system and the triumph of private
enterprise -- were lost for many years. When Thanksgiving was later
made a national holiday, the present November date was chosen. And
the lesson the Pilgrims so painfully learned was, alas, not made a
part of the holiday.

Happily, Bradford's diaries were later rediscovered. They're
available today in paperback. They tell the real story of
Thanksgiving -- how private property and individual initiative [not the
Indians, as in popular myth] saved the Pilgrims.

This Thanksgiving season, one of the many things I'm thankful for is
our free market system (imperfectly realized as it is). And I'm also
grateful that there are increasing numbers of Americans who are
learning the importance of free markets, and who are working to
replace government coercion with marketplace cooperation here in
America and around the world.

Paul Schmidt

PS: A special thanks to long-time Advocate volunteer Cris Everett,
who told us about this neglected bit of history several years ago,
and who celebrates Thanksgiving on -- you guessed it -- August 9th.

-- copied from http://FreedomKeys.com/thanksgiving.htm which was copied from the Nov. 20, 1997 issue of THE LIBERATOR ONLINE at
http://www.theadvocates.org/liberator/vol-02-num-21.htm

Dear Starchild and Everyone Else;

Hope you all had a Thankful - Thanksgiving.

To further elucidate on the First Pilgrim
Thanksgiving.
This article was on the Ludwig von Mises website and
posted by the Libertarian - Gary Galles a Pepperdine
Professor of Economics. His article includes more
insights on that first Pilgrim Thanksgiving which
could have turned out to be the last of anything for
the Pilgrims if Squanto hadn't happened by and showed
them how to grow corn. And he also inckludes some
thoughts on PROPERTY and how the Pilgrims found out
their first social organization which was communist in
nature wasn't the best for survival.

  http://www.mises.org/fullstory.aspx?Id=1678

Ron Getty
SF Libertarian

--- Starchild <sfdreamer@...> wrote:

  Regarding Buy Nothing Day -- Thank the gods there's
at least a
semblance of a free market in this country, so we
have the choice to
buy or not to buy. The coolest thing about Buy
Nothing Day is that it's
voluntary -- if it were a government program, they'd
force you to buy
nothing that day, even if you actually *wanted* to
go shopping! They
used to have a mandatory Buy Nothing Day every
Sunday in Britain -- all
the stores were required by law to close on Sunday.
Talk about mixing
church and state. Fortunately they're moving away
from that, and more
stores are allowed to stay open now.

  But in most countries we have the opposite problem
-- governments
continually force us to buy things whether we want
them or not. They do
this in a thousand different ways, from taking money
out of our
paychecks to giving us parking tickets (a form of
taxation when the
purpose is to raise revenue). They even take our
money by printing more
of it (inflation is a form of taxation too -- each
dollar printed makes
the dollars in your pocket worth less). Then they
engage in massive
spending orgies that we paid for, blowing
ridiculous amounts on
products that aren't needed, services that aren't
performed properly,
and programs that don't work. Many politicians and
bureaucrats get
six-figure salaries from our money which they're
free to spend on all
kinds of silly consumer products that you never
would have willingly
bought.

  The higher the taxation and the more government
(aka "public") control
of resources, the less choice we have. Buy Nothing
Day is a great
opportunity to remind people that government is
forcing us to buy every
day. I appreciate your group organizing it and
providing this chance to
educate people.

  Speaking of which, here's a little background on
the history of
Thanksgiving that I wanted to turn you on to, if you
haven't seen it
before.

Yours in liberty,
        <<< Starchild >>>

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving was a
celebration of the
triumph of private property and individual
initiative?

William Bradford was the governor of the original
Pilgrim colony,
founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first
organized on a
communal basis, as their financiers required. Land
was owned in
common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too,
following the "from each
according to his abilities, to each according to his
needs" precept.

The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work
any better 400
years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony
had suffered
serious losses. Starvation was imminent.

Bradford realized that the communal system
encouraged and rewarded
waste and laziness and inefficiency, and destroyed
individual
initiative. Desperate, he abolished it. He
distributed private plots
of land among the surviving Pilgrims, encouraging
them to plant early
and farm as individuals, not collectively.

The results: a bountiful early harvest that saved
the colonies. After
the harvest, the Pilgrims celebrated with a day of
Thanksgiving -- on
August 9th.

Unfortunately, William Bradford's diaries -- in
which he recorded the
failure of the collectivist system and the triumph
of private
enterprise -- were lost for many years. When
Thanksgiving was later
made a national holiday, the present November date
was chosen. And
the lesson the Pilgrims so painfully learned was,
alas, not made a
part of the holiday.

Happily, Bradford's diaries were later rediscovered.
They're
available today in paperback. They tell the real
story of
Thanksgiving -- how private property and individual
initiative [not the
Indians, as in popular myth] saved the Pilgrims.

This Thanksgiving season, one of the many things I'm
thankful for is
our free market system (imperfectly realized as it
is). And I'm also
grateful that there are increasing numbers of
Americans who are
learning the importance of free markets, and who are
working to
replace government coercion with marketplace
cooperation here in
America and around the world.

Paul Schmidt

PS: A special thanks to long-time Advocate volunteer
Cris Everett,
who told us about this neglected bit of history
several years ago,
and who celebrates Thanksgiving on -- you guessed it
-- August 9th.

-- copied from
http://FreedomKeys.com/thanksgiving.htm which was
copied from the Nov. 20, 1997 issue of THE
LIBERATOR ONLINE at

http://www.theadvocates.org/liberator/vol-02-num-21.htm

> Buy Nothing Day -- Calling all SHEEP!
>
> Friday, November 26th
>
> 1:00 PM
>
> Free!
>
> ----/ Event Description
> /-----------------------------------------------
>
> Hey all,
>
> Yes, it's that time again! Time for the annual
BUY NOTHING DAY
> celebration
> in Union Square! This is a wide-open call to the
flock! Come
> bleating,
> be silly, and have a blast!
>
> Let's meet at 1:00 PM on Friday in the middle of
Union Square. Bring a
> sheep mask if you have one; otherwise there are
plenty to go around.
> If you're late, we should be easily found making a
commotion in Macy's
> or the Gap or Nordstrom's or otherwise nearby.
>
> Here's a page showing some prior events:
>
>
http://www.tabstopclear.org/~melizabe/pages/suv.html
>
> And here's Adbusters' main page on this thang:
>
> http://www.adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/
>
> This really is the most fun ya can have with your
clothes on. :slight_smile:
>
> C'mon out!
>
> - Sheep FX
>
> ----/ Venue Info
>

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