FDR Threatened to Impose Dictatorship

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration speech in 1933 is now most remembered for the line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” At the time, however, this newsreel did not even include that line. Instead, it highlights Roosevelt’s not so subtle threat to seize emergency powers if Congress does not submit to his plans.

David Beito is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute and editor of the Independent book, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (with Peter Gordon and Alexander Tabarrok).
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