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A New Look at the New Deal: How 1936 Gave Us 2008

Bestselling author Amity Shlaes takes a microscope to the 1932 and especially the signal 1936 campaign that yielded the Roosevelt landslide. In that year, FDR established the modern political world, based around the “forgotten man” purportedly left out of the American dream – union members, artists, senior citizens, the unemployed. But by helping one forgotten man, Roosevelt created a second, the voter who subsidizes the programs designed to help the first. The contradictions this entailed affect American politics to this day.

Amity Shlaes is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations. She was a columnist for the Financial Times and a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, serving as the Journal’s op-ed editor in the early 1990s. Her work has appeared in National Review, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit.
Shlaes’s books include The Greedy Hand (2000), a national bestseller on tax policy, Germany: The Empire Within (1991), about German national identity, and Turning Intellect to Influence (2004) (co-authored with the late Robert L. Bartley), chronicling the progress of free-market ideas. In 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize for writing on political economy. Her talk at CMC is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.