The FDR Drive was shut down for hours on the southbound side south of 23rd Street as police investigated; it has since reopened. I’m chagrined to acknowledge that Lipset was once President of the American Political Science Association. ), In an article titled, “How FDR Saved Capitalism,” the late, neoconservative political scientist and sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset lavished effusive praise on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s conscious effort to blunt widespread anticapitalist sentiments and undercut the appeal of left-wing radicals.1  At the time, left parties and associated movements emerged in Wisconsin, New York, California, Minnesota, Washington,Nebraska, Oregon, and North Dakota. The second is that procrastinators might be left behind — FOMO, the  Fear of Missing Out —as the market continues to rise. 2020 Election. Seymour Martin Lipset  (1922-2006), a prominent American sociologist and political scientist, was a neoconservative, noted for championing the idea of American exceptionalism. FDR rejected radical politics but the New Deal was deeply influenced by the president’s keen awareness of needing to propose policies that would ween discontented workers away from demanding deep structural changes.The president employed three basic tact’s: First, he was masterful in lifting and incorporating left demands into his rhetoric. The tech-heavy NASDAQ recently surpassed 10,000 before retreating and Amazon, Alphabet (Google) and Facebook are soaring. We can be certain that efforts are forthcoming to co-opt BLM supporters with cosmetic, liberal palliatives and to divert protests into the cul-de-sac of identity politics, the most insidiously effective weapon in corporatocracy’s toolbox. Many people now understand that spending on World World II was what “saved capitalism” but I suspect the myth that benevolent motives dominated New Deal thinking is still believed by many. First, that further waves of COVID-19 infections and deaths might sidetrack the economy’s reopening and affect profits. DuBois had hoped the incipient New Deal would be the opening, the first step toward socialism. Breadlines, shantytowns and hunger marches were growing along with the growing appeal of left-wing class politics and labor radicalism. Can we go further and explicitly explain that the police under capitalism can never be reformed to take the side of Black, Brown and working class people? Most protesters said they just wanted to show support for Black women. Liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger wrote of the moment, “It was now a matter of seeing whether a representative democracy could conquer economic collapse. For reprint rights: Some of the ideas are worth pursuing more vigourously; as it is, some are being implemented already. (Note: The CP ultimately followed directives from the CP International in joining the “Popular Front” and supporting the New Deal.). FDR and Today. Mr. Biden has often pointed to his work with Mr. Obama to beef up U.S. readiness for a pandemic, including establishing a pandemic preparedness office within the National Security Council, as well as their efforts to fight the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009. And there will be no fireside chats in today’s fractious social media environment. She said she decided to leave her friends and join the march because she felt she needed to be part of the movement. [4] Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Gary Olson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Although Bailey’s efforts shut down FDR’s court-packing, his most important achievement was the development of the Conservative Manifesto. It’s a daunting challenge and not the first time we’ve needed to take inspiration from Antonio Gramsci’s invocation: pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. Next quotes also from Katznelson. Mr. Biden frequently calls out the president for undermining career government scientists. By Abby Goodnough and Sheryl Gay Stolberg. Second, he sought to co-opt some leaders by extending patronage to non-Democratic Party state and local officials. [5] Chris Hedges, “Gaslighted By the Ruling Class,” https://scheercast.wpcomstaging/.com/ June 15, 2020, p.3.