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Back To The Land - Arthurdale Fdr's New Deal And The Costs Of Economic Planning (Cód: 9239433)

Maloney,C J

John Wiley & Sons

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While much of what has been written about the New Deal takes a bird's-eye view of the major trends and ideas that animated it, surprisingly little has been devoted to how those ideas played out in the lives of the people most immediately affected. Weaving firsthand accounts of those who lived through it with expert historical analysis, Back to the Land offers a uniquely intimate portrait of Arthurdale, West Virginia, one of the most ambitious of the many New Deal projects and, arguably, the most dramatic social engineering experiment ever undertaken in the United States.Nestled among the Appalachian foothills of northern West Virginia's coal country, Arthurdale was the pet project of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who, along with a group of idealists, was inspired by a mish-mash of foreign and homegrown collectivist ideals, all wrapped together under a 'back-to-the-land' mania. The culmination of a long-cherished dream for population resettlement held by FDR and the circle of like-minded men he had gathered about him, the town was more a laboratory for testing progressive theories of government than an attempt to ameliorate the plight of those caught in the maelstrom of the Great Depression. Beset by abysmally poor planning, gargantuan cost overruns, and ideological infighting among its patrons, the Arthurdale experiment was doomed to failure from its inception.While it was once the object of intense popular fascination, Arthurdale, designed to be the incubator of a 'New Man,' is now remembered only by a few historians and theorists, among whom opinions vary as to what it represented. For some it was, at best, a well-intentioned but terribly ill-conceived attempt to improve the lives of the destitute while to others, it was the embodiment of a political power grab that irrevocably changed America's social and political landscape.No matter which side of the debate one falls on, it is fair to say that Back to the Land tells a fascinating story of the profound effect that the New Deal's economic policies had on the lives of people--both then and now. How New Deal economic policies played out in the small town of Arthurdale, West Virginia Today, the U.S. government is again moving to embrace New Deal-like economic policies. While much has been written about the New Deal from a macro perspective, little has been written about how New Deal programs played out on the ground. In 'Back to the Land,' author CJ Maloney tells the true story of Arthurdale, West Virginia, a town created as a 'pet project' of the Roosevelts. Designed to be (in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt) 'a human experiment station,' she was to create a 'New American' citizen who would embrace a collectivist form of life. This book tells the story of what happened to the people resettled in Arthurdale and how the policies implemented there shaped America as we know it. Arthurdale was the foundation upon which modern America was built. Details economic history at the micro level, revealing the true effects of New Deal economic policies on everyday life Addresses the pros and cons of federal government economic policies Describes how good intentions and grand ideas can result in disastrous consequences, not only in purely materialistic terms but, most important, in respect for the rule of law 'Back to the Land' is a valuable addition to economic and historical literature. 'To read of America before the New Deal is not so much to read of another time, but of another country altogether. Arthurdale was the tipping point--every American born after its birth knows nothing of life in a Republic.' --From the Introduction 'Maloney shines a bright light on the darkest fallacy of the 1930s. To know the New Deal, read this.' --Amity Shlaes, author, The Forgotten Man, and Senior Fellow in Economic History, Council on Foreign Relations 'F. A. Hayek argued in the abstract that the success of socialism came from its utopian vision. C. J. Maloney articulately details one real-world example of how the centrally planned attempt to implement such a vision failed, but the decentralized efforts of common people succeeded in overcoming the obstacles laid in their path.' --Alexander McCobin, President, Students For Liberty 'I always pay attention to C. J. Maloney. He understands economics, the financial system, and our history. And he can write. Read this book.' --Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., Chairman, Ludwig von Mises Institute 'In lively and engaging prose, C. J. Maloney skillfully recounts the ill-fated history of the most famous of the New Deal's 'planned communities.' Although Back to the Land reveals the waste, hubris, and tragic clueless-ness of Arthurdale's federal patrons, including none other than Eleanor Roosevelt, Maloney never forgets the human element. He paints a vivid portrait of the ordinary men and women who took part in this 'experiment.'This is a book that will both entertain and inform . . . a timeless and nuanced case study about the unintended consequences of top-down social engineering.' --David Beito, Professor of History, University of Alabama; author of Black Maverick: T. R. M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power 'Maloney combines extensive research with solid economics to present an astonishing story of FDR's attempt to design a new town from the top down. This government effort to create 'a human experiment station'--in the non-ironic description of Eleanor Roosevelt--predictably yielded a massive waste of tax dollars and a tragic loss of human liberty.' --Robert P. Murphy, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New DeaL


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Marca John Wiley & Sons
Cód. Barras 9781118886922
Altura 23.50 cm
I.S.B.N. 9781118886922
Profundidade 1.80 cm
Referência 026263076
Acabamento Brochura
Ano da edição 2013
Idioma Inglês
Número de Páginas 320
Peso 0.42 Kg
Largura 15.60 cm
AutorMaloney,C J