Pilgrims tried socialism. It failed.

Pilgrims tried socialism. It failed.

By Bryan Fischer

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Socialism has never worked in the past. Socialism does not work in the present. Socialism will never work in the future.

The reason is simple: socialism is predicated on a violation of two of the 10 commandments of God.

The 8th Commandment says, “Thou shalt not steal.” The 10th Commandment says, “Thou shalt not covet.” And yet socialism is driven by covetousness – the greedy, grasping hunger of some for other people’s money – and built on theft – the use of government power to coercively lift money from the wallets of some in order to give it to others. Just because a mugging is done under color of law does not make it right.

Any system that is founded and predicated on a violation of 20% of God’s moral code for humanity cannot be right and cannot work.

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.

It was a liberal’s dream. Everybody contributes equally, everybody benefits equally. What’s not to like?

The problem, of course, is human nature, which is uncorrectable by any government program. Many Pilgrims began to resent the fact that they were working harder than others, and yet would see no reward for their labors. Those who were total slackers would reap the same rewards as they. And the slackers said to themselves, what’s the point in breaking my back when I can make just as much showing up late for work and leaving early?

Wives and mothers resented being forced to cook and do laundry for the single men in the community, and their husbands weren’t crazy about it either. In short order, everybody was miserable, nobody was happy, everybody was still poor, and Governor Bradford spent his whole time trying to pacify ticked off and bickering Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims soon realized that their fundamental problem was that they thought they were “wiser than…


 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
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