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August 15, 2009

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Similar events played out a few years earlier at Jamestown. By 1610, the "starving time", the colony was nearly extinct and the survivors were actually resolved to pack it in and return to England when Lord Delaware's relief fleet arrived. The following year Delaware dispatched the medicine Virginia needed- Sir Thomas Dale. A tough, no-nonsense soldier, Dale issued a code of stern laws including the famous "he who does no work, shall not eat;" and followed that by dividing the colony's communal fields into individual plots- the first private land ownership in America. By 1613, John Rolfe had successfully raised hybrid native/Turkish tobacco on his own land for his own profit, and the success of the Virginia colony was assured.

Is it too late? Have indoctrinated our educational system with the fable that individuals do not know what to do for themselves and that we must have the superior intellects of the non-productive elite to tell us how to live? Let us hope not.

Socialism and communism - both "noble ideas" that ignore the power of the profit motive in human psychology - must be enforced at the point of a gun. Capitalism, on the other hand, is the natural result of economic natural selection in a free environment.

"Which one makes the most sense to you?" quoth Rhetorical Butler.

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