We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The New Deal was a genuine revolution, whose deepest purpose was not simply reform within existing traditions, but a basic change in the social, and, above all, the power relationships within the nation. It was not a revolution by violence. It was a revolution by bookkeeping and lawmaking. In so far as it was successful, the power of politics had replaced the power of business. This is the basic power shift of all the revolutions of our time. This shift was the revolution.
I'm with you, NJSoldier. It is sad but true that America didn't actually begin to recover from the New Deal until the beginning of World War II, when we started to manufacture great amounts of war materiel for the battles that had begun even before we got into the fight.
If the free enterprise system had been allowed to function freely toward the end of the Depression, without the busy little fingers of the liberal government tweaking away, the recovery would have proceeded much more briskly. In the ensuing years, we have forgotten the lessons of free enterprise. Now we'll have to learn them all over again.