The View From 1776

What a New New Deal Means For You

Socialism, the motivating ideology of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, is the opposite of the political state envisioned in the Bill of Rights.  Socialism requires that your individual liberties be subordinated to the needs of the political state.

Whatever its proclaimed intentions for the betterment of society, socialism must diminish your range of individual political and economic freedoms, transferring them to state bureaucrats who promulgate regulations. 

One socialist aim, for example, is to reduce or eliminate unemployment, a major concern near the end of World War II.  At that time, the British socialist Labour Party was planning its takeover of government, and Friedrich Hayek wrote “The Road to Serfdom” to describe what lay ahead for the British people.