Sen. Bernie Sanders was once so work-shy, he got kicked out of a hippie commune in 1971 for avoiding duties and distracting residents. So says the forthcoming book “We Are As Gods” by Kate Daloz, which documents the story of the Myrtle Hill Farm commune in northeast Vermont. -Guy Bentley
For many years, the story of the first failed commune of Plymouth Bay was part of the collective memory of American students. But Progressive Education found that story unhelpful and it has fallen into obscurity, which explains why (as I alluded to before) a well-educated establishment figure like Jared Bernstein would be unaware of it.
I'm often asked why our current leadership class forgets the lessons of the past so often. They are, after all, very smart men and women. Don't they know that collectivism will fail? -Jerry Bowyer
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The end has come for a popular Grand Rapids restaurant known as much for its creative vegan dishes as its progressive business model. For much of its five-year existence, the eatery went by the moniker Bartertown Diner... Bartertown was a collective, which meant there were no bosses...
"Because of our economy, people are working 12- to-15-hour shifts, servers take home $200 to $300 a night in tips, the cooks are making $10 an hour and the owner takes whatever he takes, " Cappelletti told MLive in 2011. "We're going to have equal pay and equal say across the board. Everyone working together."
Employees would be expected to join the union, Industrial Workers of the World, he said. In keeping with the worker empowerment theme, he commissioned a mural depicting Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong and other provocative leaders tackling restaurant duties.
In the end, the restaurant failed to achieve the employee business model it envisioned.
It's wrong to say that American was founded by capitalists. In fact, America was founded by socialists who had the humility to learn from their initial mistakes and embrace freedom... As William Bradford recorded in his Of Plymouth Plantation, a people who had formerly been known for their virtue and hard work became lazy and unproductive. Resources were squandered, vegetables were allowed to rot on the ground and mass starvation was the result. -Jerry Bowyer