Monday, February 25, 2013

Calvin Coolidge Gets New Deal in Revisionist History

For years, most Americans' vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt's death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents.   They were gifted writers, and many of their books were bestsellers. And they have persuaded many Americans -- Barack Obama definitely included -- that progress means an ever bigger government   In their view, the prosperous 1920s were a binge of mindless frivolity. The Depression of the 1930s was the inevitable hangover, for which FDR administered the cure.   That's one way to see it. But there are others, and no one is doing a better job of making a counter argument than Amity Shlaes, whose 2008 book "The Forgotten Man" painted a different picture of the 1930s. To Read More….

My Take - I have read "The Forgotten Man" and I am dismayed at those I know in positions of influence who not only haven't read it, but don't even know about it.  I am also dismayed at how many I meet in my daily life who have strong opinions that are a complete reversal of what actually happened during the Great Depression, and who was responsible.  The media, academia and public education was infiltrated by the progressives in the late 1800’s and infested by Soviet agents going back to the early 1900's creating a completely false history that is taught and believed today. 

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