“Blind Economic Forces”

04409smThe following quotes are from Franklin D. Roosevelts’ second inaugural address on January 20, 1937.


“…we must find practical controls over blind economic forces and blindly selfish men.”

“…the United States can do the things the times require, without yielding its democracy. Our tasks in the last four years did not force democracy to take a holiday.”

“…we have begun to bring private autocratic powers into their proper subordination to the public’s government. The legend that they were invincible – above and beyond the processes of a democracy – has been shattered. They have been challenged and beaten.”

“We have always known that heedless self-interets was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.”

“…economic morality pays.”

“We are beginning to abandon our intolerance of the abuse of power by those who betray for profit the elementary decencies of life.”

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

“In every land there are always at work forces that drive men apart and forces that draw men together. In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up, or else we all go down, as one people.”

“To maintain a democracy of effort requires a vast amount of patience in dealing with differing methods, a vast amount of humility. But out of the confusion of many voices rises an understanding of dominant public need.”

And, from Roosevelt’s third inaugural address on January 20, 1941:

“The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.”


Note: The picture above is from Roosevelt’s Second Inaugural.

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