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Sat Apr 30, 2016, 08:51 AM

FDR era view of the political spectrum

A former advisor of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s, Rexford Tugwell, skillfully uses the example of a
community’s need for a new train station to illustrate the difference between liberals and radicals:
“Liberals would like to rebuild the station while the trains are running; radicals prefer to blow up the
station and forego service until the new structure is built.” One might add that conservatives would
prefer to keep the old station, being satisfied with it, while reactionaries would abandon the station
entirely since they do not approve of trains in the first place.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Original post)

Sat Apr 30, 2016, 08:53 AM

1. And Libertarians would demand you build

your own train station.

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Sat Apr 30, 2016, 08:56 AM

2. and the fascists would only be concerned with making the trains run on time

no matter how many lives it costs.

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Sat Apr 30, 2016, 08:57 AM

3. This explains so much about the political world, today.

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Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:26 AM

4. you see all four of them on DU

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