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Reading a sentence that starts "if politicians realized" does not require presuming them coming to that realization on their own. Typically politicians realize those things by people building movements that understand those kinds of things and then some entrepreneurial politicians decide to act as if they understand those things in order to attract the support of those movements.

It was, after all, the intellectual ferment in the progressive, populist and granger movements that provided the actual policy content for "FDR's New Deal" ... FDR provided the political skill that built the political coalition that was the natural governing coalition in the United States from the 30's through the 60's. Even opponents of pushing the New Deal coalition agenda forward, like Eisenhower, did not see any point in wasting their political capital in fighting with the New Deal defenders in Congress over dismantling what they had already won.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Jul 26th, 2013 at 12:07:12 PM EST
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