The Book on FDR We Don't Have

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The symbol
of liberalism’s complete domination over education in the United
States is the absence of any academic book that is hostile to Roosevelt’s
domestic economic policies and his foreign policy.

America’s educational
system has a supreme myth that serves as the foundation of American
statism: “Franklin Roosevelt got America out of the Great Depression.
He saved capitalism from itself.”

Actually, this
was a joint effort. Hitler invaded Poland. Then England went to
war to defend Poland, which was militarily impossible, which military
strategists in Britain knew at the time. Then the British government
started ordering American-made goods. Until wartime orders from
Great Britain in 1940 began to stimulate domestic production in
America, the American economy remained in depression.

In 1941, the
American economy was still weak. Our entry into World War II, which
Roosevelt had promised voters in his 1940 campaign would not happen,
justified the Federal Reserve System’s policy of mass inflation.
Wartime wage controls kept wages from rising. This lowered real
wages, creating demand for workers. Then the draft boards pulled
12 million men into the military. Most were shipped overseas. Full
employment at home was restored!

War was Roosevelt’s
tool of economic recovery: inflation, controls, and the draft.

This story
of the New Deal is not in the high school and college history textbooks.
Roosevelt died in 1945. Over six decades later, the truth is still
ignored in all of the textbooks. This is proof that the liberal
Establishment is still in control of America. It controls what future
voters believe about the success of the Federal government in solving
America’s biggest problems: threats to domestic prosperity and peace.
The fact is, the Federal government is the number-one source of
these threats.

The New Deal
consummated the revolution in centralism launched by Abraham Lincoln
in 1861—65 and extended by Woodrow Wilson, 1913—21. No
book tells the story of the New Deal in this context. We need such
a book.

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The story of
the United States that is told in high school textbooks, college
textbooks, and virtually all monographs is that the New Deal was
necessary to overcome the Great Depression and overthrow Nazi and
Japanese tyranny.

The story assumes
that what Roosevelt did was constitutional, or, if it wasn’t (sometimes
grudgingly admitted by the textbook’s author), then the Constitution
had to be scrapped by him in the twin emergencies of depression
and war.

There is no
book that targets college graduates which tells the story of the
New Deal as an illegitimate revolution against the Constitution.
No well-documented book shows that the New Deal’s domestic economic
policy was a failure and also that its foreign policy was a conspiracy
against the public and the opposite of Roosevelt’s explicit political
assurances of peace in the 1940 Presidential campaign. There are
a few academic books that admit even one thesis; none asserts both.

Until the New
Deal is exposed as a conspiracy against Constitutional liberties,
liberalism will carry on without much resistance. Conservatives
will uncritically accept the New Deal, as Reagan did and as Newt
Gingrich does. As long as FDR is seen as a liberator and not as
a conspirator against liberty, citizens will remain captives of
the worldview which FDR represented: statist to the core.


The study should
discuss the New Deal as an extension of the political centralization
of the early Republican Party and also an extension of Progressivism,
which captured the Democrats in the campaign of 1896: Bryan’s.

It should show
that the Great Depression was caused by Federal Reserve monetary
inflation, 1924—29. It should show that the FED inflated after
1930, but to no effect. It should treat the depression in terms
of Mises’ monetary theory of the business cycle.

should discuss Hoover’s economic policies as precursors to Roosevelt’s.
It should also show that both Hoover and Roosevelt had been employed
in the early 1920’s by American corporate interests that sought
favors from the Federal government.

It should show
that Roosevelt campaigned on a limited government platform in 1932,
yet immediately adopted an anti-Constitutional grab for power during
the first hundred days. He immediately closed the banks, which had
been Hoover’s idea. On his own authority, he signed an executive
order confiscating Americans’ gold. This was only the beginning.

should show that Roosevelt adopted policies in 1941 that were calculated
to provoke Japan into an attack. It should show that he knew the
attack was imminent on the weekend of December 6.

It should show
that wartime inflation, the military draft, and price and wage controls
were what got the economy out of the depression, at a terrible price.


begin with John T. Flynn’s book, The
Roosevelt Myth
(1948). In 1958, when I first began studying
the New Deal, this was the only book that was hostile to both New
Deal domestic policy and foreign policy. In 2007, it is still the
only book. It lacks footnotes at crucial points. His other books
are important: As
We Go Marching
and Country
Squire in the White House

Edgar Eugene
Robinson’s book, The
Roosevelt Leadership, 1933—1945
(Lippencott, 1955),
was as close to a critical account as academia allowed; it came
half a century ago.

On Federal
Reserve policy, Murray Rothbard’s book, America’s
Great Depression
. It covers Hoover’s failure. Rothbard’s
book supplied Paul Johnson with his interpretive framework for discussing
the origins of the depression in Modern

the history of Hoover and Roosevelt, see Antony Sutton’s book, Wall
Street and FDR

On the revolutionary
aspect of the New Deal, read Garet
Revolution Was
and The
People’s Pottage

On FDR and
Pearl Harbor, there are many books. I provide an introduction here.

Once hard to
locate, Porter Sargent’s book, Getting US into War (1941),
is on-line with Questia. A better way is to send $50 to
and order its CD, which has dozens of great books on it, including
this one.

A well-respected
academic historian, Thomas Fleming (not the editor of Chronicles),
wrote The
New Dealers’ War: FDR and the War Within World War II
This book is a major break from Roosevelt worship, and the Establishment
reviewers attacked him for this. See the snide reviews posted on


historical blackout has gone on for too long.

I hope some
energetic young historian perceives an opportunity here!

20, 2007

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