Liberty, the Welfare State, and the New Deal

Conferences for Students – October 18-20, 2019

Discussion Leader: David Beito

Session I – The First New Deal
Graham, Otis L., Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander, eds. Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times: An Encyclopedic View. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985. “The New Deal” (pages 285–291).

Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007. Chapter 2, Section VIII, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: Oglethorpe University Address, May 22, 1932” (pages 69–75), Chapter 2, Section XIII, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: Commonwealth Club Address, September 23, 1932” (pages 114–123), and Chapter 3, Section XXII, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933” (pages 160–164).

Session II – Discussion: Legislation and Reform
Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007. Chapter 3, Section XXV, “The Agricultural Adjustment Act, May 12, 1933” (pages 174–181), Chapter 3, Section XXVI, “The National Industrial Recovery Act, June 16, 1933” (pages 181– 189), Chapter 3, Section XXIX, “A. L. A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, May 27, 1935” (pages 193–201), and Chapter 4, Section XXXIV, “United States v. Butler, January 6, 1936” (pages 242–257).

Session III – Judicial Reform
Commager, Henry Steele, eds. Documents of American History, 7th Edition. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963. Volume II, “Steward Machine Co. v. Davis” (pages 514-519), “Helvering et al. v. Davis” (pages 519-521), “Carter v. Carter Coal Co. et al.” (pages 524-533), and selections from “Reform of the Federal Judiciary, 1937” Sections 1-3 (pages 562-571).

Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007. Chapter 3, Section XXXI, “The Social Security Act, August 14, 1935” (pages 216–229), Chapter 4, Section XXXVIII, “Republican Party Platform, June 11, 1936” (pages 280–287), and Chapter 4, Section XXXIX, “Democratic Party Platform, June 25, 1936” (pages 287–291).

Session IV – The Second New Deal
Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007. Chapter 3, Section XXX, “The National Labor Relations Act, July 5, 1935” (pages 211–216), Chapter 5, Section XLVII, “N. L. R. B. v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, April 12, 1937” (pages 332–340), and Chapter 6, Section LV, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: Message on Economic Concentration, April 29, 1938” (pages 379–386).

Lodge, Henry Cabot. “The League of Nations Must be Revised.” United States Congressional Record (August 12, 1919): 3779–3784. “Appendix to the Congressional Record: Radio Discussion by Hon. Robert A. Taft, of Ohio, and Hon. T.V. Smith, of Illinois, April 18, 1939” (pages 1791–1794), “Appendix to the Congressional Record: Radio Discussion by Hon. Robert A. Taft, of Ohio, and Hon. T.V. Smith, of Illinois, Tuesday, May 16, 1939” (pages 2204–2207), and “Appendix to the Congressional Record: Radio Address by Hon. Joseph C. O’Mahoney, of Wyoming, and Certain Newspaper Articles, July 25, 1939” (pages 3496–3499).

Hawley, Ellis W. The New Deal and the Problem Monopoly: A Study in Economic Ambivalence. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966. “Conclusion: The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly: Retrospect and Prospect” (pages 472–494).

Flynn, John T. Country Squire in the White House. New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1940. Chapter 6, “Roosevelt’s Big Gun” (pages 90–98).

Session V – New Deal Thought
Zinn, Howard, eds. New Deal Thought. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1966. Part I, Chapter 1, Charles Beard’s “The Myth of Rugged American Individualism” (pages 1-10).

Rozwenc, Edwin C., eds. The New Deal: Revolution or Evolution? (Revised Edition). Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company, 1959. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s “The Broad Accomplishments of the New Deal” (pages 29-34).

Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007. Chapter 6, Section LIV, “Herbert Hoover: Challenge to Liberty, April 8, 1938” (pages 375–379).

Lippmann, Walter. An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1937. Chapter 7, “Gradual Collectivism” (pages 106–130).

Session VI – Long-Term Consequences
McDonald, Forrest. The Phaeton Ride: The Crisis of American Success. Garden City: Doubleday, 1974. Chapter 5, “The Government as Godfather” (pages 102–125).

Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962, 1972, 1982, 2002. Chapter 13, “Conclusion” (pages 196–202).

Wallis, John Joseph. “Lessons from the Political Economy of the New Deal.” Oxford Review of Economic Policy 26, no. 3 (Autumn 2010): 442–462.

Zwolinski, Matt. “The Libertarian Case for a Basic Income.” Libertarianism.org. https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/libertarian-case-basic-income (September 26, 2018).