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This week marks 84 years since FDR entered the White House and began putting the first policies of his New Deal into action. In our February 1934 issue, Harold J. Laski marveled at “the Roosevelt experiment”:
No unbiased spectator of the adventure involved can withhold his admiration for the courage such an effort has implied. Success or failure, it bears upon its face the hallmarks of great leadership. … President Roosevelt has, in effect, challenged American capitalism to cooperate with him in transforming itself into a social experiment. …
The America he took over in March of 1933 was in a highly dangerous condition. … The American people, dazed by the width and intensity of the crisis, had lost confidence in the bona fides of the system under which they lived. Its principles seemed to them dubious, and they were prepared for a challenge to its values.
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This Friday, for Atlantic subscribers, we’re hosting a conference call between David Frum, who wrote our March cover story “How to Build an Autocracy,” and Yoni Appelbaum, senior politics editor. The two will go behind the story, analyze recent developments with the Trump presidency, and respond to reader questions. Subscribe today to receive your invitation.
Is a long life really worth it? A reader, John, sent in that question for our Question Your Answers series. We found some interesting answers in our archives, touching on issues from literary depictions of immortality to death-defying technology. Now, we’d like to hear from you. Here’s one reader’s take:
It is a peculiar sort of arrogance that leads someone to believe that they are so special and worthy that the earth, its resources, and all of its inhabitants should be compelled to support you beyond the years that nature has given you. If we are being quite frank, there are a few exceptional people who may have something special to give to humanity, but the vast majority of people are simply useless.
But another reader argues:
I for one think the world would be a better place if we collectively took a longer view, and what better way to do that than to give everyone a stake in it?
What do you think? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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