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Four Score minus six years ago

From The New deal; an analysis and appraisal put out by The Economist in 1937, following the re-election of FDR:

… A good case could undoubtedly be made for an Opposition which, without hiding behind the letter of the Constitution, would accept the paramount necessity for a broad economic and social policy and set out to correct Mr Roosevelt’s mistakes. But the only way of voting Mr Roosevelt out would have been to vote the Republicans in, and the Republicans have never shown any desire to be this sort of Opposition. Under Mr. Hoover their policy was one of non-intervention so long as that was possible, and when non-intervention became humanly impossible, it was a policy of helping the men and institutions at the top of the social and economic heap in the hope that this help would “filter down” to the bottom. “Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity,” says Mr Roosevelt, “than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”

p. 148

That’s The Economist talking, not me. That’s science.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,