Most supporters of socialism argue that it can work, it just hasn’t been in the hands of the right people. And of course, they believe that they are the right people. That’s why liberals placed so much giddy hope in Barack Obama – at last someone with the shining intellect and charisma to make our theory work!
But it hasn’t. Income inequality is worse under Obama than it was under Bush, and record numbers of Americans are addicted to taxpayer handouts and food stamps.
Now if ever there was a group who could have made socialism work, it was the Pilgrims. Honest, earnest, God-fearing, and steeped in Scripture, they were the best candidates in history for the task.
But socialism under the Pilgrims was a total, abject failure and was abandoned after a few short years in the pure interest of survival.
When the Pilgrims set up their Plymouth Colony, the bylaws required that anything anybody made was to go into a “common stock.” Then at the end of seven years, everything that everybody had contributed would be split evenly, the same shares for everybody.
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