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Ron Radosh

You may not have heard of Leon Keyserling — he was one of the bright young men who rushed to our nation’s Capitol to work for FDR after he was elected president, and who helped to fashion a great deal of the New Deal legislation. As his obituary in The New York Times pointed out:

As an aide of Senator [Robert F.] Wagner, a Democrat, [NY] Mr. Keyserling helped draft such measures as the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, the Social Security Act of 1935 and the National Labor Relations Act, also known as the Wagner Act.

Later, as his Wikipedia entry shows, he went on to work for President Harry S. Truman and continued to advise him on major domestic programs.

His most recent biographer, Donald K. Pickens, argues that Keyserling was what he calls a representative of “integrative liberalism,” which he defines as a phrase that best explains the realistic and pragmatic quest for a “deeper national community” that would unite all Americans around economic growth and a government commitment to programs to help the needy and regulate business. Hence, it would be a “country in which no one is left out.” According to FDR’s other aide, Rexford Tugwell, it meant a series of programs which they helped build for the New Deal that was accomplished “without resort to revolution or abandonment of the Constitution.”

His previous biographer, W. Robert Brazelton, argues that Keyserling believed in economic growth as the prerequisite for progress, but that he understood that some sectors of the economy were weaker than others, as were some groups in society, and hence that meant the federal government had to institute policies to maintain full employment. In other words, like other mainstream liberals, he believed the economy needed government programs to keep it in keel, and that it was the job of government, not the free market, to create full employment.

You might wonder, at this point, why I am even writing about him. The answer comes from a review that appeared recently in The Times Literary Supplement (London) of July 12, 2013, by David Hawkes, a review that unfortunately is not available online.  Hawkes offers the first review of a recent book by a left-wing historian named Landon Storrs titled The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left.

Storrs presents a typical left-wing narrative of the 1930s. As she develops her story, Professor Storrs argues that the Red Scare of the 1950s forced out of government an entire group of reformers who believed in social-democracy, and who were dismissed and marginalized by McCarthyite zealots who quashed dissent in the name of fighting subversion, as those fighting to oust them failed to distinguish between mainstream socialists and Communists. As the publisher’s summary states:

Storrs demonstrates how the Second Red Scare undermined the reform potential of the New Deal and crippled the American welfare state.

In her book, Storrs tells us that Keyserling and his wife Mary were “prime targets of the anticommunist right.” Both “publicly dismissed their experience” with the loyalty investigations of the 1950s, she writes, “as fleeting manifestations of Red Scare hysteria.” Nevertheless, when Leon Keyserling advised Truman, Storrs acknowledges that the couple “took leading roles on behalf of policies that were at the top of conservatives’ most hated list, including price control, high wages, strong protection of union rights, and the European Recovery Plan.” The essence of what they supported were policies that favored “directing more of productivity’s gains to wages rather than profits.”

Later the Keyserlings would dissemble, arguing that they had always been political centrists though they were actually on the left of the Democratic Party. Later they would serve Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society endeavors, and are remembered by many, Storrs writes, “as loyal Johnson Democrats who favored Cold War military spending, backed U.S. policy in Vietnam, and argued that poverty could be eliminated through economic growth rather than redistribution” of wealth.

It is at this point that historian Storrs uncovered the hidden truth about Leon and Mary Keyserling, a truth that undermines her own thesis, and comes as a revelation that many might have missed, if not for the Hawkes review: Both were not only secret Communist sympathizers and members of various Party front groups, but Leon Keyserling actually advocated violent revolution while he was in the New Deal writing reform legislation!

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Diane West's new book "American Betrayal" is a fasinating read about the communist infiltration. I couldn't put it down even though it broke my heart thinking of what could have been.
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Communists are a disgusting bunch. Ideas like continuing an economic depression so THEIR aims and desires are fulfilled at the expense of hungry children is the Democrat/communist way. Maybe this is what Obama is trying to do. Prevent things like the Keystone Pipeline that could lower gasoline prices. Instead, he wants prices to sky rocket. Maybe his hoping for some sort of revolution. This article may be the key to uncovering what I believe is Obama's hidden agenda.
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The EU re-conception of WW2 as a European Civil War is entirely correct. National Socialist ran German; Communists ran Russia; Communists (secretly) ran the United States. These governments differed only in who and how many had to murdered to create the Socialist Workers' Paradise.

The future belongs to the complete and total rejection of socialism and its intellectual offspring (which are still quite popular).
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So the Keyserlings were ahead of their time. They tried to march through the institutions at a time when someone would complain about it. Now they would be hailed and probably offered a cabinet post. And from Columbia U., who would have thunk it?

CPUSA were Marxists and Bolsheviks, not socialists.
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Stealth? FDR loved the Communists and based most of his actions on Communist ideology and economics. FDR sent huge amounts of material to Stalin allowing him to overrun Eastern Europe and make the world a very dangerous place for decades. He certainly had to have known how many Communist agents were in the Federal Government because the DC spymasters were complaining to the home office that there were so many it was impossible to keep them unnoticed. Then there is the fact that FDR was more cordial with Stalin than Churchill, more admiring of Mao than Chiang Kai Shek.
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Diane West's new book "American Betrayal" is a fasinating read about the communist infiltration. I couldn't put it down even though it broke my heart thinking of what could have been.
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You might want to read Radosh's self-described "takedown" of the book. http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/08/07/why-i-wrote-a-take-down-of-diana-wests-awful-book/
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A large part of what is in her book was found in what was called the Venona project. This was an intercept of cables to and from Moscow starting around 1939 but not decoded and unclassified until much later. This confirmed a network of Soviet spies up to and possibly including Harry Hopkins, FDRs most trusted advisor. I'm only about a third of the way through the book right now but it has been giving me many sleepless nights reading. McCarthy was right!
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I promise you: the other two thirds of West's book confirm that Hopkins was a soviet agent - keep reading. I wonder if that is the real reason that Venona was maintained as such a secret from the public for so long. The official explanation, i.e. that Venona's secrecy was maintained in case the Russians made the same mistakes again, was never plausible, precisely because Washington DC was so riddled with Moscow's agents that it was inconceivable that Moscow Centre didn't know about Venona (Diana West proves that Moscow did know about it, even if it couldn't disrupt the decoding).

I used to assume that Venona was held as a secret, to provide leverage against British intelligence, which was found to be similarly compromised in the fifties (starting from twenty years earlier); West and others, however, have shown that Britain collaborated on the Venona project and that the notorious British soviet agent Kim Philby was one (not the only one) of the conduits by which information about Venona reached Moscow.

That has to raise the question of why, in that case, successive US administrations refused to reveal the truth about Venona, right up until the mid-nineties. Even the KGB's own archives were opened to scrutiny, albeit only very briefly, before Venona ever was. Harry Hopkins, it seems to me, has to be the answer. The fact that Stalin had an agent actually living in the White House was a secret that had to be preserved until hardly anyone could remember who Hopkins was. That Alger Hiss was able to piggy-back for decades on the non-disclosure of Venona is another scandal; Hiss may or may not have known about Venona from his legal sources, but it's a safe bet that he knew, from his soviet connections, that his cover was blown.

All the same, the US didn't cover up Venona for Hiss. Hiding the truth about Hopkins and preserving the myth about Roosevelt would explain the concealment. I'm not suggesting that Roosevelt himself was a communist, merely that he was spectacularly naive. Likewise, Truman and Eisenhower, both of whom would, presumably, have dealt in person with Hopkins, took the easy option of burying Hopkins' guilt, to save their own embarrassment, and subsequent Presidents may have suppressed the truth out of deference to their predecessors.
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Most likely answer, they couldn't admit to the Big Lie, they needed to keep the Big Lie a secret so they could also use it. Like the old saying, the coverup is worse than the crime. The politicians were afraid if they showed how horribly wrong they were the people would lose all confidence in them. (That is if they didn't throw the lot of them in jail.)
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Well, if I were to run for President, then make no mistake about it, I WILL expose the Big Lie openly to all the people, expose ABSOLUTELY everything about the Soviet's attempted occupation of the white house, the communists in high levels, everything. Heck, should I win, I'll even expose it the very day of my inauguration, IMMEDIATELY after swearing an oath to protect the constitution from both foreign enemies and domestic enemies. I'll also make sure to undo EVERYTHING FDR and his successors did that were pro-Communist, including the creation of the UN. Lastly, I will ensure that there are mass firings of all people confirmed to be Communists, with stings being necessary. The Communists tried to exterminate Religion, this will grant them poetic justice for what they tried to do to us, not to mention what they did to innocent people. This might even set an example for any and all countries outside the US to throw the yoke off their Communist masters, and ensure that God's dominance is complete over all of humanity.
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Communists have been embedded within Washington for decades, and Demsters have paved the way for their 'stealth' penetration. The 'New Deal' was nothing more than the precursor to what we are witnessing today, a TOTAL takeover by the Feds.
In effect, those who openly support the Radical-in-Chief have been part of the body politic for decades, but their effects are resonating under his reign - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/05/if-it-looks-like-a-socialistmarxistcommunist-plan-it-is-peekingpeeling-back-into-obamas-looking-glass-his-surrogates-too-their-bomblets-waiting-to-explode-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Heck, his mama worked for the Communist Party, as did 'Uncle Frank'!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
Adina Kutnicki, Israel
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No surprises here - The New Deal was chock-full of out-and-out communists, fellow travelers, "extreme-left-leaning" liberals and other useful idiots. They were drawn like moths to a flame when FDR embraced Keynesian economic theory and began the borrow-and-spend programs that continue to bedevil us. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great leader but knew next to nothing about economics and didn't care very much about it. He was willing to take the advice of all of those bright young Ivy Leaguers who were anxious to expand both government power and their own power inside of government. We are still feeling the effects today.
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This could help to see the future as the Jesus Christian saves the world. The Galt type Christian in his solitude if he can not bring back Moses and Jesus (40daysand 40 nights)miracles what is his purpose?

Church and the Metroplois
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/07/church-in-the-metropolis
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City builder conservative Murderer of holy Abel wins and God in the past decided to destroy the world but God has the key in the Jesus Christian to save conservative worship himself Cain's evil cities . The key unlocks the door.
After that it is up to the christian to find away to remain faithful by building the Temple of God on earth. This temple is not housed in buildings but is the converts to Jesus brought in by the faithful Christians
If this not work Saint Peter say just destroy Cains' evil by fire this time not water. But the fire of the holy spirit can purify the water turning ALL cities into Temples of God as the HOLY SPIRIT descends upon the bread (flesh)and wine (blood)
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"But the result is no community at all but “a caricature of community”: “people in black . . . their eyes half-closed, their hands clasped piously together, absorbed in the dreariness of what their mouths and souls have just tasted.”
Henri Lefebure commenting on the religion of his youth. Lift Wall Street up on a high pole idol and if another fall comes sooner than latter become will flee forever the religion of wall street despite the need for this religion in Babylon
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Peter Leithart at first things and here

http://trinityhouseinstitute.com/the-festival-and-the-mass/
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" Keyserling wrote in 1934 that “the country is recovering too rapidly. A few more years of depression would have promoted violence, and without violence fundamental reform is unlikely.”"

Gee, and we aren't recovering at all these days due to (intentionally?) bad policies by someone tutored by a marxist and is helping to inflame racial passions and has stated he wants fundamental transformation.

But to even raise an eyebrow at his policies is racist and entirely dismissable.
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