November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving Day


Eating turkey is not the only thing worth thinking about today. The Ayn Rand Institute released an op-ed by Gary Hull regarding the little recognized importance of the holiday: Thanksgiving: The Producer's Holiday.

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, because this country was the first to create and to value material abundance. It is America that has been the beacon for anyone wanting to escape from poverty and misery. It is America that generated the unprecedented flood of goods that washed away centuries of privation. It is America, by establishing the precondition of production -- political freedom -- that was able to unleash the dynamic, productive energy of its citizens. [...]

This virtue of productiveness is what Thanksgiving is supposed to recognize. Sadly, this is a virtue rejected not only by the attackers of this holiday, but by its alleged defenders as well.

Posted by Forkum at November 27, 2003 08:24 AM