Colonial Communism.

Vic Biorseth, Friday, April 02, 2010
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It is Good Friday, the day He suffered for our redemption; bless His holy name. Tomorrow the Vigil, and Sunday, the Easter Rising.

I am behind schedule writing on other topics, but off-line discussions with others brought to my mind the need to talk about our Colonial beginnings, the religious fervor of the Colonists, the immediate worldly needs of the Colonists, and the hard, cold, merciless reality of living independently in this New World. It must have been similar to going to the moon.

The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England in November 1620 for Virginia, but sighted the coast of Cape Cod in December. They spent some weeks exploring the area and finally settled on beginning their new colony in Plymouth Harbor. This posed some immediate legal problems for them, because their Patent, granted them from the Virginia Company, was based on a larger Charter between the Virginia Company and the Crown which did not address the area of Plymouth Harbor at all. In other words, the Patent was invalid where they landed. Time and provisions were limited, survival was at stake, and so land they must, and land they did.

The whole reason for the attempt to establish a colony was to evade religious persecution in England. About half of the Mayflower voyagers were Separatists who sought freedom to worship as they pleased; all sought liberty from harsh English law. Those who were not of the congregation of Separatists were a bit at odds with them, since they had not landed in the agreed territory of Virginia, and might seek a different form of “liberty” from the larger group, since the original agreement had already been violated.

This first fracture could have spelled the doom of the whole enterprise. It was seen to be imperative that they all stuck together through the hardships that were sure to come. The matter was settled on board the Mayflower with the signing of the Mayflower Compact; America’s first written law.

The Mayflower Compact.

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Etc.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620

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The Mayflower Compact was signed by all 41 adult males on board. It was considered by all to be a very serious legal instrument, and all knew, far better than men today, the meaning of the word covenant. They all willingly bound themselves to it, legally, morally and spiritually. In signing it, they did what they did not really want to do, which was to establish a sort of government, majoritarian in form, in order to prevent any future split and division of resources.

It was a hard life in a hard land. The natives were friendly enough, but struggling for survival themselves, and not able help much beyond invaluable advice. What food they had they needed; they could spare very little. The first winter saw about half of the settlers die from exposure, starvation and scurvy; yet they remained. None of them wanted to sail back to England. The next year, 1621, they raised a little corn and celebrated their first Thanksgiving in October.

The first set of rules agreed upon after the Mayflower Covenant was to share equally in work and in produce. Each was assigned a plot to till, and they all brought their produce to be portioned out equally. It was the same with livestock, milk, wild game, fish, fur and whatever the land and the sea would provide. Each worked according to his ability, each was rewarded according to his need; sound familiar? Karl Marx could have been in charge.

But it simply wasn’t working. They were still starving; they were still entirely too dependent upon re-supply from the meager provisions of increasingly rare ships. When it looked like the end, when everyone was lacking in strength and health and the whole enterprise was on the brink of disaster, Governor Bradford reluctantly abandoned the Communist-like rules. He told everyone to take his assigned plot of ground and plant and do whatever he could for his own household and stave off starvation as best he could, completely on his own. Bradford, and everyone, thought that the colony was finished.

Poof. Instant success. Immediately, with that one rule change, everyone began growing and harvesting more, bringing in more fish and game and fur. Famine turned to prosperity, virtually overnight. By 1627 they even paid off their debt to the Virginia Company and were free of debt. Now ships were more frequent, but not for re-supply, but rather to export fur and produce. Ships brought in new waves of immigrants eager to share in the opportunity, wealth and abundance of the new colony.

It was the same soil, before and after the rule change. It was the same forest, river, lake and sea; it was the same meadows and pastures. What changed? It’s really very simple.

A man naturally works harder and more cheerfully to benefit himself and his family than he does to benefit strangers or non-family members.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Here, in our earliest colonial history, we see a crystal-clear historical example of the success of free market capitalism and individual liberty over socialism and group dependency. It presents a classic example of the failure of socialism, and a classic example of the success of liberty, both at the same time. While man is very much a social being, he most certainly is not a herd animal. The inner sense of the right to personal ownership of private property - (Thou shalt not steal) – is a natural and normal inner sense, and to oppose that inner sense is to oppose human nature as well as the Law of God.

This is the holiest of Liturgical seasons. Tomorrow, Holy Saturday, we will dwell in silence on the meaning of the Tomb, and a world without Light. But then on Sunday, the Easter Rising will come, and Light, Truth, Life and Joy will again enter the world. Our first colonists willingly enslaved themselves to God and His Law, stuck to their word, lived it as covenant, and by the grace of God they were born anew into a new sense of worldly liberty and productive work, praising His holy name. May we do the same.

May you and yours enjoy a most blessed Easter.

Addendum: This presents an historically verifiable example of Capitalism improving the condition of man after the experience of Socialism. I challenge anyone to provide any historically verifiable example of Socialism improving the condition of man after the experience of Capitalism. (Note: Pre-Communist Russia was a rigid status-class society. Before Communism, Russia never historically experienced free market Capitalism on a national scale.)



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Date: Tue Aug 02 22:56:02 2011
From: AllWellAndGood
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I think that it is no fault of communism that the human being is fallible. Each man was not working to his ability when he was working to help the collective, but when he worked to only help himself and family he provided enough food. Communism works, man does not.


Date: Wed Aug 03 05:58:01 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

AllWellAndGood:

So Communism would make man infallible?

Who says man was “not working to his ability?” Some dictator who knows better? Why and how does he know better? Who determines what man’s ability is?

If the development of man’s ability is not a natural thing, then it must be a forced thing. Right? So, we should all shut up and get on the cattle car, and submit to proper “training” so that we might all become infallible.

So, if I am correctly following this, then Communism is natural, but man is not.

I see. (I think.)

Regards,

Vic


Date: Wed Aug 03 12:06:37 2011
From: AllWellAndGood
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I'm sorry, I probably wasn't clear enough in my first post. Communism does not make man infallible, because man is a fallible creature. I should make it clear that I feel that many political and socio-economic strategies "work" (on paper) but many if not all fail in one way or another because man is fallible.

You say yourself that man works harder to benefit only himself and his family instead of helping his fellow man. In my eyes this is selfish, especially in a communist society because people will work less hard knowing that they will still get paid. In a perfect world, man would understand that it is not only for the good of their nation but the long-term personal good of their family to work hard regardless of the political or socioeconomic structure.

To me, man is fallible because he is selfish.


Date: Wed Aug 03 10:03:02 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

AllWellAndGood:

Permit me to apologize; I completely miss-interpreted you words. Sometimes my typing outruns my aging brain.

I agree that man is fallible, and that he is selfish, and greedy, and lustful, etc., etc., etc., but I believe he is all these things because he is fallen. Yet even in his fallen state, man is predominantly good. It is natural that a man’s first concern would be for his own welfare; at least until he takes a wife, when everything changes. Then, it is natural that a man’s first concern is for the welfare of his wife and his children, and he comes second. It is natural that a man has an affinity for and attraction to the extended family, and to neighbors. Expanding into the realm of relationships with strangers and foreigners involves the virtue of charity, which is held by Jews and Christians, and denied by atheists like Marx, who sought to destroy even the family, in favor of making everyone subservient only to the Party. Communism opposes nature itself.

The only exceptions in which a man does not naturally and purposely order his work to the special advantage of himself and his family are in the religious order, and in the military order.

Regarding your ideal to work hard regardless of the political or socioeconomic structure, there is another element to consider: liberty. If the political or socioeconomic structure does not allow for personal liberty – the ability to lawfully act in your own self interest – then all is lost. Even salvation depends upon liberty. If you are not free to decide between right and wrong, then, all is lost. Jews and Christians cannot work for evil and remain Jews and Christians. Nor can they deny God and remain Jews and Christians.

Man must be free. A social order must include liberty.

All we can do is the best we can do with what we’ve got to work with, AllWellAndGood. Perfection is not of this world, but the next.

Regards,

Vic


Date: Thu Aug 04 18:06:30 2011
From: AllWellAndGood
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That is the most thoughtful argument I've heard on the benefits of Capitalism over Communism. Usually all I hear from its opposition is that Communism is "evil". The dictators and tyrants that have led communist nations have been evil, I'm sure that no one would call Stalin, Mao, or Castro a real humanitarian by any means. However this is the case with a communist dictatorship. I believe that in a "perfect world" (which you astutely asserted is impossible in the life we live currently) a communist republic would be the ideal form of communism should it be instated in a nation. I may have misrepresented myself unintentionally; I do not believe communism is the right economic strategy. However I do not believe capitalism, or socialism, or any form of economic or political strategy in past, present, or future times is the "ideal" way. This is because of man's fallibility.

In communism (which in a perfect world would work well) man is lazy because he knows he will always be paid well, the government uses the money gained from high taxes in places other than the most important things for their citizens (explaining why people with plenty of money would stand in lines 4 blocks long just to buy a loaf of bread in soviet Russia).

In Capitalism, man is selfish and once achieving the "American Dream" will stop at nothing to gain even more and more wealth, no matter who on the economic lower rungs they must step on to get there. Banks make purposefully confusing stipulations to trick the middle class and lower class out of money, possessions, and housing. Giant store chains like Wal-Mart demolish any possibility of any local small retail business from ever really gaining a foothold while treating their own employees like dirt. These factors have created an ever widening divide between the rich and poor. The top 1% of Americans control 42% of the wealth of the nation. This is what capitalism is in an imperfect world. It is a fantastic idea but is ruined by man's fallibility.

I suppose that this post was not meant to prove one way of thinking over the other, but to demonstrate that as long as there are evil/selfish/lazy people in the world, nothing will ever work as it should.


Date: Fri Aug 05 06:15:51 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

AllWellAndGood:

Communism is a strategy; Capitalism is not a strategy. Capitalism is natural; Communism is forced; it is an unnatural thing that must be maintained, sometimes brutally so. Adam Smith only described Capitalism, and defined it; his The Wealth of Nations was no manifesto, except in that it might have been a warning against trying to plan or control natural economies, to their injury or destruction.

Marx was a disciple of Machiavelli, and of Hegel. Marx’s Communist Manifesto is a carefully crafted recruitment aid to attract useful idiots and expendable agent provocateurs who would be of temporary use to get someone who is not in power into power – meaning, dictatorship.

See the Fatal False Premises page for all the educational falsehoods upon which Marxism is founded. See the World Revolution Returns page for a description of Machiavellian and Hegelian evil that infected Marx’s thought, and helped form the fraud of the deadly Communist Utopian Dream. See The Great Communist Lie page for the monstrous lie that has seriously infected the thought of Western man since publication of the Communist Manifesto.

Leftist education, Leftist journalism, Leftist politicians, Leftist falsified history all lead you to think of free man in the most negative light – to see his greed and avarice more than his charity and decency; to highlight his weaknesses and gloss over his natural goodness.

Individual liberty is absolutely required even for your own salvation. You cannot be dragged, kicking and screaming against your will, into Heaven, or into Hell. The Gospel has been preached to you. You will accept it, or you will reject it. You save yourself, or you damn yourself; either way, do not blame God, and do not blame religion. You must be able to exercise your own free will and make good decisions. When you stop doing that – when you stop thinking – you are no longer man, i.e., homo sapiens. You damn yourself to animalism, at the very least.

Recognize this, at least, AllWellAndGood: The Law of God is the basis for American civil law. His Commandments are the very reason, for instance, that such things as murder and robbery are against the law here.

What, exactly, should that basic foundation ever be replaced with?

Regards,

Vic


Date: Sun Sep 23 16:15:33 2012
From: Learned by experience
Email: geowms@comsouth.net
Location: Perry, GA, USA
Comment:

It seems that the two persons in the foregoing discussion agree but they continued to discuss why they agree. In my many years of existence, I have experienced the great depression, the economic rebounding of the years thereafter, and 38 years as an educator. I have firmly concluded that I have been blessed to live in a capitalistic free country. The Free Enterprise system is not perfect, but it is the best system we have experienced in the United States. Do a search on the web for "Socialization in Early America" and you will find several areas that tried it and they all failed. The evil, lazy, and greedy spoil any system, but we the people have more control when we are free and have the right to choose whom we do business with, whom we work for, and choose our own leaders. Research indicates that when we earn our way, we feel better about ourselves. When we do well, we share by giving help to those in need to get on "their feet", rather than taking from the social government warehouse. I know that some will disagree with my thoughts on the issue. This is what I was trained to do as a teacher.


Date: Sun Sep 23 18:44:45 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Learned By Experience:

Amen.

I think what Allwellandgood and I disagreed on was primarily a definition of the word selfish. To me, working in your own self-interest and profiting from your own industry is not selfish; expecting or demanding profit from someone else’s industry is selfish. Once we have been industrious enough to more than take care of our own and our family’s needs, Christian morality demands that we take care of the unfortunate.

Regards,

Vic


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Date: Tue Oct 23 12:54:43 2012
From: Warren
Email: warrenwilkinson@gmail.com
Location: Calgary / Alberta / Canada
Comment:

This seems like a 'no true Scotsman' sort of argument.

For any example, you can always find some disqualifier (e.g. precommunist Russia was ..., so there is *still* no true example of communism being better than capitalism).

I'm playing the devils advocate here, but are you certain it was capitalism that saved the day here?

What other rules were in that pact? Maybe there were rules dictating certain crops in certain quantities, or harvested at certain times of year in order to make bill payments.

I don't believe that any man, even under communism, would willingly watch his family starve. Are you sure this is a cut-and-dry example of people doing better under capitalism than communism? Or is it just an example of people doing better when they are told the end-goal and not micromanaged in how to get there.


Date: Tue Oct 23 20:07:32 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Warren:

Yes, I am certain. It was a natural thing.

It was Capitalism = The Free Market = Pursuit of Happiness = Private Property = Prospering from the Work of Your Own Hands = Enjoying the Fruits of Your Own Labor.

When it was fixed and rigid Communal-Effort and Communal Reward, if a given crop produced a couple of bushels of corn, a man might only get a few ears for his family. If he shot a rabbit, his family might not even get a morsel. If he got a deer, they might get pound or two of meat. If he caught a mess of fish, he might get to keep one.

On top of that, in every such group there will be those who out-produce most others, and there will be those who are either lazy, or just less productive for whatever reason. They will always eat, which means that those who produce the most must produce even more, and that is not good for morale.

As soon as a man could bring home a whole deer, or a whole crop, or a whole mess of fish, or mushrooms or whatever, everything changed, and they began to barter and trade; the one who was a better farmer traded some of his harvest for the meat that came from the better hunter, and so forth.

It’s a natural thing, Warren. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be.

Regards,

Vic


Date:   Sat Sep 13 2014
From:  Vic Biorseth
Comment:  

Changes pursuant to changing the website URL and name from 
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Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages.  . 

Regards,

Vic


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Authority Meets Truth

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world

The Little Red Hen

Of Sheep And Men

The Gift Bearers Michael from Florida

Dear Vic And Others ... John Felland

The Church Is Rotten To The Core Michelle Lobdell

Hatred of Palin Janet Morana

Proper Catechesis Susan Greve

Who is Barack Obama? Pastor Robert Legg Greve

Limited War Doctrine Colonel Thomas Snodgrass

Rabbi Meir Kahane's Letter Rabbi Meir Kahane, OBM

Solzhenitsyn Speaks Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn addresses the AFL/CIO.

Jefferson Speaks (Declaration of Independence)

The American Constitution (American Founding Fathers)

American Democrat Party Platform Karl Marx and Frederick Engles

Marxist Fundamentals Prof. Libor Brom

Re The Sin Of Scandal Phil Lange

Re Sydney Airport Security Ahmed

Marxist Infiltration into Catholic Thought Nancy Libert

New "race and racism" thread begun by Stephen from VT. On race and racism: the ever changing definition and generic usage of the word "racism."

The Bush War Doctrine Revisited: a fresh look at our horrible situation. A reproduction of the "Bush War Doctrine Revisited" article and discussion points by David Yerushalmi; there is much food for thought here.

Resignation of Benedict XVI and the Immediate Media Firestorm. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Marcel Guarnizo's interview with the author that caused the international media frenzy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

Just Laws for a Godly Nation. Many nations today still lack a core of just laws for a Godly nation.

What does the World Wildlife Fund have to do with World Youth Day? An unholy alliance between the Leftist WWF and the Vatican?

False Flag: Serious-minded fiction creating a better understanding of 9/11. Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11?

Bringing the Liturgy Back to the Real Vatican II. Cardinal Burke Comments on Sacra Liturgia Conference

Layman letter to all bishops. Letter to Bishops from Mariann / Mary's Child

Fetal-Microchimerism gives new meaning to the bonding of Motherhood.  How the unborn child blesses the mother and physically changes her, for the rest of her life.

Ars celebrandi et adorandi - Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. With Ars celebrandi et adorandi, all Springfield IL Catholic Parishes move Jesus back to the center of life!  YES!

To be, or not no be lukewarm; that is the question. Whether tis nobler to fight the good fight, or just smile and be nice ...

Technology: a Two Edged Sword. Technology can be used for good, or for evil.

More American Imperial Edicts Issuing Forth out of Obamunism. Archbishop Schnurr joins Rick Santorum in identifying American Imperial Edicts from this administration.

Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum; Apostolic letter on 1962 Rite.
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum confirms the 1962 Latin Rite as the 'Extraordinary' Roman Liturgical Rite.

The Pope's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum.  Benedict XVI's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum issued the same day as the Motu Proprio.

The Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.  An 'Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum' issued by the Vatican.

A concerned Catholic spotlights Catholic funded Alinsky organizations. The Alinskyite Gamaliel Foundation underpins multiple Catholic funded Alinsky organizations.

From Shane Leslie Mattison, whose father was Elden Mattison Woolliams. Annecdotes from Shane Leslie Mattison.

Atheist Genesis:

In the beginning there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing.
And then nothing accidentally exploded and created everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally encountered other bits of everything and formed some new kinds of everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into self-replicating bits of everything.
And then some self-replicating bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into dinosaurs.
See?

(See The Darwinism Pages)

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