• Section 10 Introduction

     |  Progressive Rejection of the Founding

    Section 10 Introduction It is impossible to understand the fate of the Founders' principles in American politics without perceiving how those principles have been replaced by those that animate today's administrative state. The administrative state in America emerged out of the dominant political ideas of the Progressive Era. As a practical matter, much of the infrastructure of today's system of property redistribution and centralized regulation was built during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. But the intellectual foundation for the New Deal came a generation earlier, in the Progressive Era—a fact acknowledged by no less an authority than Franklin Roosevelt himself, who in his 1932 Commonwealth Club Address credited the ideas of Theodore Roosevelt and especially ...
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