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John T. Flynn and the Myth of FDR

February 29, 2008 by

Throughout his long presidency, writes historian Ralph Raico, FDR was hotly opposed, even pilloried, by a host
of intelligent, respected, and patriotic men and women. The most consistent of
his adversaries formed a loose coalition known today as the Old Right. There is little doubt that
the best informed and most tenacious of the Old Right foes of Franklin Roosevelt
was John T. Flynn.

When Flynn came to write his major study of the four-term president, he aptly
titled it The
Roosevelt Myth

Myths continue to abound concerning Roosevelt and his
reign; one of the most convenient is that the antagonists of his New Deal were
all “economic royalists,” self-serving beneficiaries and defenders of the status
quo. In Flynn’s case, such an accusation is laughable. When he became a critic
of the New Deal, Flynn enjoyed a well-established reputation as a progressive
and a muckraker, with, as Bill Kauffman writes, “a taste for plutocrat blood.” FULL ARTICLE


DickF February 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Think back a bit before the Roosevelt Myth to the failure of Hoover and then listen to McCain. We are amazed that a man like Roosevelt would be given so much power, well hold on to your seats when McCain fails and a Democrat rides in to save our world. Many have forgotten that Hitler was a National Socialist who was going to save Germany.

Ben February 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Great article.

Mathew Lazare March 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm

It is an absolute crime that Dr. Raico does not write more frequently.

gabriel March 2, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Fascinating article.

Does anyone know Mr. Raico’s email? (The one provided is invalid.) I want to send him a note with my praise.


BK Marcus March 2, 2008 at 11:45 pm

The address given on the Mises Institute’s Faculty page is rraico@adelphia.net. This is now the link given at the end of the article, as well.

Delgado March 3, 2008 at 5:07 am

We must not forget that, in the wake of the collapse of the “Berlin Wall” and the events that followed in Russia and its satellites, the aperture of the Moscow archives in the years following, revealed us (notably the historians) a lot of information with concern to the huge spying and propaganda network founded first by Lenin and pursued after by Stalin, allover the world, especially in America as to our concerns here, and as you mention it, “antifascist” patriots in Hollywood and elsewhere, were largely manipulated by this whole propaganda network, directed by what we, in France, name “compagnons de route”, in fact a group, globally spread, of professional spies (mainly directed by the most influential of them, a german one recruited by the Lenin’s agents, a certain “Willi Münzenberg”, who, for a long time, directed all the “operations” in Europe first, and then extended his network, with a professional conciousness, in America, where he travelled, much than one time, to meet with his dedicated agents here, in order to give them information and orders). No doubt that a lot of them (spiers) were introduced even in the White House, in the nearest circle of the President, namely FDR, and acted to influence all the decisions taken in the wake of the governement. Note that the same thing occured in France, later, in the quasi-totality of the governments issued after the end of the second world conflict (say 1945). He (W. Münzenberg) disappeared in june 1940, in the south of France, probably murdered by soviet agents who pursued him in the wake of the french “debâcle”, after they discovered he had betrayed them, and was on the point of fleeing from Europe; but sadly, he did’nt succeed.

So, many thanks for these noticeable indications on what represents a big and important chapter of american history.

A LvMI’s daily reader.

E. Delgado

Mark Humphrey March 4, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Many thanks to Dr. Raico for his outstanding review of the career of John Flynn, including Flynn’s criticims of FDR’s massive and egregious abuses of power.

FDR was a twisted malevolent political operator. He was, by all appearances, a spiritual soul mate to Stalin, whom he affectionately dubbed “Uncle Joe”; and to whom he cheerfully turned over the lives and property of millions of helpless Eastern Europeans at Tehran and Yalta. Franklin Roosevelt was a hard-eyed and envious enemy of the productive and successful, whom he slandered as “economic royalists” and “malefactors of great wealth”, and against whom he imposed draconian taxes and various forms of legalized expropriation. He was a murderous thug who ordered “pop-up cruises” of American war ships into Japanese territorial waters, fully intending to induce the Japanese to sink “one or two” U.S. heavy naval cruisers, together with their hundreds of sailors, for the purpose of provoking war with Japan and Germany. (Recordings of cabinet meeting conversations record FDR’s orders, as do the minutes of the proceedings.)

I can’t adequately express my contempt for FDR, or my admiration for Raico’s brave superlative writing about that chapter of American history.

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