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What liberals have wrought

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, William Voegeli asserts that the welfare state was sold to Americans in disguise.

I think a very astute thing that Franklin Roosevelt did was to reformulate the progressive endeavor in Jeffersonian terms. Instead of saying that we are getting away from Madison’s Constitution he constantly framed the New Deal project as an endeavor to update the concept of inalienable rights to the circumstances of the twentieth century.


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