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A blast from the past:

"Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.

“Cashing in on Hunger,” The Ayn Rand Letter, III, 23, 1

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A blast from the past:

"Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.

“Cashing in on Hunger,” The Ayn Rand Letter, III, 23, 1

Wishing everyone a Happy Turkey Day!

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Here is a link to a truly excellent op-ed by Debbi Ghate (of the Ayn Rand Insitute), on the real meaning of Thanksgiving, published in (of all places!?) in The Christian Science Monitor (online) in 2009,

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/1125/p09s01-coop.html.

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  • 11 months later...

There are 86, 400 seconds in today...

Those of you who live in freedom should take a few and give thanks that you are in America, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, South Korea, Israel etc.

And give THANKS...

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Happy Thanksgiving to all OL readers and writers.

We live in the midst of the greatest abundance humans have ever known, along with better health, increasing lifespans, and so on, so there's a lot to be thankful for.

And there is our little virtual piece of the universe right here, meaning all of you.

Much love from

Michael & Kat

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"This Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate our successes and the marvelous productive achievements that enrich our lives. Let’s take a moment to thank those whose achievements we enjoy, beginning with ourselves. But let us also pause to acknowledge that productive achievement takes freedom, and that the freedom to produce and trade in pursuit of one’s own happiness is heavily restricted. If we had a freer Thanksgiving, we’d have a happier one." -- Alexander Cohen at The Atlas Society (2013)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[16] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[17] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".[18]

16. Klos, Stanley. "Thanksgiving Day Proclamations". PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATIONS. Historic.us. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
17. Hodgson, pp. 159–166
18. Hodgson, p. 167
Hodgson, Godfrey (2006). A Great and Godly Adventure; The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving. New York: Public Affairs. p. 212. 978-1-58648-373-9.
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The above reads negatively, even to me. I only meant to add some dimension, not to diss on Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day to all. (BTW, in Turkey, the bird most like the one we call "turkey" is called a "farsi" because it looks like one that come from Persia (Iran). No telling what the Iranians call them...)

You gotta take your hat off: here's the Great Depression and here's a million people thankful for abundance. We lose our perspective all too easily...

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