RE: "Communism is an economic failure, but the Plymouth Colony isn't the best example."
I have read all of Bradford's writings on the subject, and Bowyer is pretty much correct on the key elements. If I understand you correctly, you're saying they wanted to be competitive free-marketers from the get-go, but they thought they'd give communism the "old college try" for a year or so. I don't accept that. They changed to the ownership/free market method in order to survive.