March 19, 1590 On this day, William Bradford was baptised (no specific record of his birth). An original Pilgrim (separatists) of the Mayflower, he became the second leader of the Plymouth Colony (1621) upon the death of John Carver. He was the principal architect of the Mayflower Compact, and introduced a system of privatization contending that colonists produced more farming for themselves than for the community. He wrote the following toward the end of his life: Faint not, poor soul, in God still trust, Fear not the things thou suffer must; For, whom he loves he doth chastise, And then all tears wipes from their eyes. Bradford described the introduction of capitalism (1623)to replace communal use of the land: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression." Further, "Marxism rested on the assumption that the condition of the working classes would grow ever worse under capitalism, that there would be but two classes: one small and rich, the other vast and increasingly impoverished, and revolution would be the anodyne that would result in the common good. But by the early 20th century, it was clear that this assumption was completely wrong! Under capitalism, the standard of living of all was improving: prices falling, incomes rising, health and sanitation improving, lengthening of life spans, diets becoming more varied, the new jobs created in industry paid more than most could make in agriculture, housing improved, and middle class industrialists and business owners displaced nobility and gentry as heroes. These economic advances continued throughout the period of the rise of socialist ideology. The poor didnt get poorer because the rich were getting richer (a familiar socialist refrain even today) as the socialists had predicted. Instead, the underlying reality was that capitalism had created the first societies in history in which living standards were rising in all sectors of society." https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2007&month=05 Imagine if there had been no original thinker, one who modified the Christianity of these colonists based on human nature, would we have benefited from a free market economy, which made the United States the envy of the world, or would 'social justice' be the direction we took? And would we have Obamacare?