Friday, July 09, 2010

The Arrogation of Power

“Modern idolatries of mammon rely largely on the enhancements of the power of the state in economic affairs in order to attain their ends. Along with historicist perspectives that speak of the inevitability of this development, we are given arguments that purport to show the dire consequences of hesitating to give economic authority to the state. The young Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., raised the Communist bogeyman in 1949 to justify the arrogation of power by the federal government. We are to be grateful to the New Deal, he said, because without it communism would have appealed to the masses after “orthodoxy” failed to end the depression.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 118).

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