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Calvin Coolidge Gets New Deal in Revisionist History

absinthe48 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 10:30 AM
Whoever he/she might be, the candidate will have to do what Coolidge and Reagan had to do: buck the Republican establishment. The plutocrats and professional pols who usually control the party obey the Miltonic principle, as enunciated by Satan: it is better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
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...