06 Feb 2009

"Great achievements in American socialism"

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That is Salon’s title, not mine. Yes, they are adopting the term just to spite talk show hosts, but go ahead and check it out. It is a monument to “What Is Seen.” (HT2 my wife Rachael)

Rather than publish another essay, though there have been some fine ones lately, about just what really happened during America’s last episode of so-called socialism, we’ve opted to go to the visual record. As Marshall Auerback noted, in the process of modernizing the rural South and upgrading the infrastructure of America’s largest cities, President Roosevelt’s New Deal left behind a durable, physical and very visible legacy of schools and hospitals — even aircraft carriers. (We’ll leave discussion of Social Security and unemployment insurance for another time.) The following slide show gives a small sampling of the bricks-and-mortar achievements of red, white and blue “socialism.”

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