Giving Thanks for Freedom and Capitalism


While we give thanks today, let’s remember why our country has been the world’s model for prosperity for the past 234 years. We have built wealth and improved the standard of living not just for Americans but the world faster than any other culture in history. What were the driving forces behind this growth; Personal freedom and capitalism. They go hand in hand in creating an environment that enables human beings to grow and prosper.


Personal freedom allows us to make our own decisions, pursue our own values, act in our own self-interest without interference from the state or the mob.
Capitalism is the only economic system that supports personal freedom. True capitalists believe in exchanging the product of their life, mind and talents in a fair value trade with those that want what they have created or can do.

The freedom to create and act in self-interest combined with the right to freely trade with others that value what we create is the engine of prosperity for all. It was a lesson learned long ago by William Bradford and the Plymouth Colony as explained in the video below by Michael Quinn Sullivan. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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About Larry Downes

Son, brother, husband, father, boss, mentor & friend. Believer in unfettered personal liberty. Occasional host on 93.1 WIBC in Indianapolis.

2 Responses to “Giving Thanks for Freedom and Capitalism”

  1. It certainly was a model of prosperity. I believe America produced more property in 200 years than had been created in all the time before then. But I fear it has squandered its inheritance. It’s not just that we can’t find one positive measure of quality of life where America is #1, it’s that the people are now believers in a welfare society of one kind or another. Between welfare programs for individuals, government employees and corporations it’s hard to find people who live without needing some form of dole from taxpayers.

    • I feel your pain Pete. But we can’t just cede the future to the looters and moochers. Freedom and capitalism are the only ideals that truly fit human nature, individualism. Be consistent and keep the faith my friend.

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