Friday, November 29, 2013

William Bradford, Pilgrim -VS- Karl Marx, Community Organizer

Karl Marx:

"...from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

William Bradford:

"...The experience ...that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.

For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.

For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.

The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice.

The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labours and victuals, clothes, etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them.

And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.

Upon the point all being to have alike, and all to do alike, they thought themselves in the like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut off those relations that God hath set amongst men, yet it did at least much diminish and take off the mutual respects that should be preserved amongst them.

And would have been worse if they had been men of another condition. Let none object this is men’s corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them."


LL said...

When people give of their means and talents freely, it's called charity. And that's a good and noble thing. But FREEDOM is the key.

When people are compelled by a sovereign at the point of a gun or the threat of prison, it's called tyranny. And SLAVERY is the key.

And racism has nothing to do with it.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

See, communism isn't new to America. It's already been tried and failed.