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Garet Garrett's The People's Pottage: The Revolution Was, Ex America, The Rise of Empire Paperback – December, 1992
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In the four months between election day of 1932 and his swearing-in in March of 1933, FDR refused all opportunities to cooperate with the outgoing President Hoover in dealing with the banking crisis. By the day FDR ascended to office, the Great Depression had reached a nadir of national despair.
Immediately upon entering the White House, FDR closed the banks, using a document that had been prepared months earlier by Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury. Soon thereafter, departing from the script left by Hoover, FDR called in the nation's gold. That is, FDR asked the American people to assist their government by lending it their gold for the duration of the crisis. Trusting citizens by the millions went to their banks and handed over gold coins and bullion, in return for which the U.S. government issued gold certificates that specifically promised to repay the bearer in an equal sum of the yellow metal. But by mid-1934, FDR had devalued the nation's currency by over 40% and repudiated the promise to return the gold to the people.
This tyrannical act of gold confiscation, and numerous other of FDR's imperial actions as president, form the subject of Garet Garrett's writing.Read more ›
Note: This book is available for free download on the von Mises website.
The first essay, "The Revolution Was", is the most important in the book. It was written in 1938, and Garrett shows how the Roosevelt New Deal constituted a revolution that overthrew the American form of government. The first two paragraphs are so powerful, I will simply quote them: "There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom. There are those who have never ceased to say very earnestly, `Something is going to happen to the American form of government if we don't watch out.' Those were the innocent disarmers. Their trust was in words. They had forgotten their Aristotle. More than 2,000 years ago he wrote of what can happen within the form, when `one thing takes the place of another, so that the ancient laws will remain, while the power will be in the hands of those who have brought about revolution in the state.Read more ›
From the first glance at this book it is obvious that it isn't your normal read. The dust jacket for this book is not the normal monocolor jacket you would expect from similar books. The jacket consists of two pages of reviews from important figures from every niche of society that praise the book. On my particular copy, a widow had written a note to the recipient who was a friend of the deceased husband. She took the time to note that "he would want you to have this book". It was so important to the husband, he had stamped the book in several places with his name and address. It is quite obvious that the people of the time looked at this book as something special.
The book is a collection of three essays by Garet Garrett which were snapshot's of our country politically and economically that harpooned the actions of our government and casted down a ray of light on truths that were ignored. Three main topics were the actions of the government during The Great Depression, the movement of the country toward socialism and the American empire. There is a great deal of excellent journalism in this book with quotes from leaders all along the political spectrum that make the disingenuity of our actions blatantly obvious. Garrett takes time to show how both sides of the isle have succombed to political pressures to the detriment of our country.
Rarely have I found someone capture a period with such clarity. This is a true gem that any person who values truth or is interested in economics, politics or history whould have in their collection.
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Do yourself a favor and read this book. It's an extremely well written explanation of what happened to the 'original' America.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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