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Thanksgiving as the Birth of American Free Enterprise

Turkey, close-up

Turkey, close-up — Image by © Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto/Corbis

 

by Richard Ebeling (Nov. 23, 2013)

Epictimes.com

This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.

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Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is professor of Economics at Northwood University. He was formerly president of The Foundation for Economic Education, was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and served as vice president of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation.

The views expressed on austriancenter.com are not necessarily those of the Austrian Economics Center.

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