New Deal speech 1932:
As I see it, the task of government in its relation to business is to assist the development of an economic declaration of rights, an economic constitutional order. This is the common task of statesman and business man. It is the minimum requirement of a more permanently safe order of things.
FDR State of the Union 1944:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right to adequate medical careand the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
What happened?Footage mysteriously lost.FDR died.GI Bill took some of the load.Victory in WW2, parades and furore then cold war to close the reality gap between the Soviet Union communism, for the people etc, and the US capitalism, for business. Business doesn’t profit in the short term from Human Rights enshrined. So bury this bill, doesn’t matter if the US has to play a scam on its people and on the world, sell the American dream easier than providing the American reality.
They knew this in 1931:James Truslow Adams 1931 Epic of America “The American dream, that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of merely material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily. It has been much more than that. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class”
The difference between 1930s and now. The crash of 1929 was the failure of mere capitalism in 1929 that led to the New Deal in America that rebuilt America and its people and an ethos that made the powerhouse that beat Germany and Japan. New Deal was never completed. Business authority managed to scuttle the second bill of human rights, then whitewash it out of public conversation.
The crash of 2009 was faced off by far better entrenched mature business, immortal corporations not Rockefeller Getty Hearst types. The people had as their defenders only an already bought off Democratic party dominated by neoliberals who might push for more rights and regulations but remain servants of business and part of the spin.
The extent of corporate evasion of consequences from 2009, the turnaround in not only testing power over government forcing the bail out, shielding the bankers completely, the ease by which decades of patient network building to control the institutions and individuals reaped dividends in power but the imposition of austerity peddled by puppet politicians and on made message media: it gave a bullish confidence to big business that – this time – would not lead to any New Deal let alone bills of rights.
Any comparisons Trump’s rise with Nazi Germany is simply media misdirection. It’s a common tactic to frame a debate with familiar potent archetypes in an apparent spectrum of conclusions. The true aim here is to keep something more fundamental or significant completely off the table and out of the public narrative. This is very much where propaganda in the 21st century has reached – and it allows for the appearance of a free press, an active opposition opinion that seems to diverge from the norm etc. But this is all smokescreen. Trump as Hitler, Tories as Nazi analogues: it’s effective as an emotionally charged debate but it misdirects away from the more obvious questions that come in the wake of 2009 v 1929 i.e. what did America actually do, to reverse the depression, in the 1930s? It’s crucial for business to keep people away from this period as knowing more about it would change the public’s expectations to curtailing business, regulating corporations, pushing for human rights that take into account the economics, perhaps even finishing the New Deal, best bet for preventing repeat of 2009 but also safeguard against immortal capital.