Video: FDR's New Deal: Social Security Act and National Labor Relations Act

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In honor of the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security Act and the National Labor Relations Act, the FDR presidential library hosts a public forum to explore in depth the year that Roosevelt transformed the mission of the New Deal.

James Roosevelt Jr., Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Ferguson, Alan Brinkley and Brigid O'Farrell participated in the forum.

Social security has saved tens of millions from abject poiverty and early death.

to watch and hear the 2-hour forum broadcast on CSPAN3 November 21, 2010, click on

demandside's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Imagine how bad this Great Recession would have been without Social Security!

And the WPA was started by Executive Order under FDR...... Congress didn't act so FDR did!

there's not much left of the FDR wing of the democratic party that's for sure.....

Obama is a trickle down guy - In fact it's reported by Richard Wollfe in his new book that everyone except Larry Sumemrs wanted to implement the Volker Rule - Obama unfortunately went w/ Summers and the banksters AGAINST the dem's and the rest of his cabinet.... and actually gave us a line straight out of the Bush playbook - I heard your arguments and it's my decision was his basic response.......

mtdon's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Interesting video. Judging from other nations' experiences with Soc. Security-like plans, the best way to reduce benefits is to privatize them. Extractions from the financial sector soak them up.

Without the remaining safety nets of the New Deal like unemployment insurance, disability payments, etc., the U.S. would probably be on the verge of open rebellion. just as it was in the 30's prior to the New Deal.

Machine guns guarding government buildings weren't there for decorative purposes.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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