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.--Ayn Rand, “Cashing in on Hunger,” The Ayn Rand Letter, III, 23, 1.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, a feast, and fun!
Let's start off with a couple of Thanksgiving-related posts:
Peter Cresswell presents Who are you giving thanks to this Thanksgiving? posted at Not PC, saying, "A little-known story about how collectivism nearly killed the Pilgrims, and private property saved them. And you." [RJ: This is a Thanksgiving story I have and will continue to share with my children.]
Adam Reed presents Reading Justice at the Thanksgiving Table posted at Born to Identify, saying, "It could be my Jewish heritage, but I think that it is better to start a celebration with a reading than with a mere saying. I plan to read the following:
'Let us read justice to the men and women whom we thank this evening. In the words of Ayn Rand: "Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. ...' "
Stella presents A reminder at Thanksgiving posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Just a reminder: Think of all those doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are working this weekend...and think of what healthcare "reform" will do to their incentive to keep us healthy through the holidays."
Rational Jenn presents Saying Justice posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I have a happy life, and there have been many wonderful people who have contributed to that happiness. In this post, I pay special tribute to one person whose knowledge and skills directly affected my life positively: the surgeon who delivered my babies."
Kevin W. presents Pelosi Gives Americans Something to be Thankful For posted at Wisecracks and Wisdom, saying, "I doubt anyone will be asking Pelosi for "seconds" this Thanksgiving."
Paul Hsieh presents Jane Orient's View From 35,000 Feet posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "As the Senate prepares to debate health care in earnest, Dr. Jane Orient gives a superb "big picture" overview of the crucial issues at stake."
Francis Luong (Franco) presents On Motivations and Truth posted at Just Add Rationality, saying, "Does intense motivation and bias have to go hand in hand? More importantly, is there a means to validate whether a body of work is valid even when the creator of that body of work was deeply invested in a subject?"
Peter Cresswell presents Jon Voight is right: NZ’s die-while-you wait health system creates “many deaths” posted at Not PC, saying, "Jon Voight says countries like New Zealand suffer greatly from a die-while-you wait health system. Jon Voight is right -- here are some examples."
Daniel Casper presents Campus Media Response: Who Broke American Healthcare? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Daniel Casper reminds the University of Illinois' Daily Illini how our healthcare system got to its current state of disrepair."
Doug Reich presents Anti-Rand Backlash: Methinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Analysis of the hysterical backlash directed at Ayn Rand occuring in the wake of her uptrending popularity including possible explanations for her critics focus on her personal life"
Doug Reich presents Climategate: A Battle Won, Not the War posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Since science is not the real force motivating environmentalists, climategate's exposure of rampant fraud will have limited impact. Winning the war for civilization will require a focus on the more fundamental problem."
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