Five Lessons from History
biggest landslides in history (444 electoral college votes). They voted
him out in 1932 with a landslide in the other direction (59 electoral
Then the big changes began.
The gold standard, gone. Gold actually became illegal to own.
Public works, surged.
Attempts to provide taxpayer-funded old-age pension insurance made no
progress for decades, with supporters arrested on the Capitol lawn
during the most serious push after World War I. The Depression
practically flipped a switch: a fringe idea was suddenly embraced. The
Social Security Act was passed in 1935 372 to 33 in the House of
Representatives, and 77 to 6 in the Senate.
On the other side of this was an alleged coup by wealthy businessmen to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt, with a Marine General named Smedley Butler taking his place as dictator, similar to fascist trends sweeping Europe at the time.
These are not the kind of things that occur when people are sleeping
well and have stable jobs. It’s not until your life is upended, your
hopes dashed, your dreams uncertain that people begin taking ideas
they’d never consider before seriously."