Invisible Hands touches upon how many people saw the New Deal as almost a form of socialism. Ultimately, the New Deal started a new type of conservatism that was strongly against this new way of government. The New Deal allowed Americans to rely on government for things such as Social Security and several other government funded programs. Citizens such as blah were more in favor of a laissez faire type of government where regulation and government assistance is to a minimum. In some cases, government programs are beneficial yet can lead to problems down the road. Many people can learn to abuse the system or rely soley on the government to bail them out of hard times. This leads to the average American being lazy and with zero drive for success. If someone can get paid to sit at home they will do it. The New Deal in a lot of ways created the beginning of a lazy country. People who had the same ideas about the New Deal formed several groups to combat this socialistic behavior such as the Liberty League.
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In “The New Deal and the Triumph of Liberalism” the outlook of the New Deal is completely altered. The Deal is praised for fixing America’s economy and for creating a new structure that would remain intact for century’s to come. “The New Deal gave rise to an understanding of rights and constitutional arrangements that enabled the national government to give to many Americans a greater sense of security and thus to renew their attachment to the fundamental law.” (Milkis page 17) Throughout this book, the author says how a new type of liberalism was created from the New Deal and from its strategies. It is interesting because Phillips-Fein expressed this same opinion but talking about the conservative movement instead. It is obvious that the New Deal created entirely new groups of people with new ideas. Conservatives are seen as big rich businesses who do not wish to share their wealth with the unfortunate. Yet this is simply an opinion by the liberals who in turn use that theory to get themselves more votes. Conservatives do not oppose the New Deal because they are selfish; they oppose it because they want to protect their personal freedom against the government. Because a lot of the ideas brought to life in the New Deal were completely new at the time, no one had to choose sides on the issues until they came to life. This is why the conservatives and liberals were prominently grown into two different sides depending on their opinions on the issues.
This author explains that the New Deal is so relevant to our economy that it is...