Thursday, December 6, 2012
FDR -- Leader or Shrink?
FDR's New Deal programs marked action rather than Hoover's inaction, and his ability to restore confidence in the American people is credited to pulling the nation out of the Depression. To what extent was FDR acting as a psychological therapist to a very depressed United States? Was his success more ideological than it was physical? Or was only seeing believing for the very disillusioned public?
Consider how some sick patients treated with placebos often are cured from their ailments even if they are not given any actual medication. Did the United States simply need a more positive outlook?