Video: Prager U on America’s socialist origins

Video: Prager U on America’s socialist origins

In the video that follows, history professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton gives a crash course in capitalism — and a much-needed one given the popularity of socialism among many young Americans today.

It may interest you to know that early American colonists tried setting up a socialist commune, but threw out the idea when, reduced to a diet of shoelaces and rats (literally!), half of them died of starvation? The colonists replaced their socialist dystopia with a system of private property and merit-based reward. They prospered, had an abundance of food, and celebrated with a feast we now know as Thanksgiving.

These and other fascinating facts will give you a new appreciation for the free-enterprise system that has made America the envy of the world.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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