Monday, February 4, 2013

Roosevelt VP Henry Wallace, Interview & Facism Op Ed

Henry Wallace is probably one of America's most successful progressive public servants. As Secretary of Agriculture his policies helped the American farmer recover from the great depression. He was picked by Roosevelt to be Vice President in 1940 but his nomination was opposed by the more corrupt elements of the Democratic party. Roosevelt had to threaten to withdraw from the race in order to get him in. Four years later in the face of party revolt Wallace was replaced by Truman who many considered a compromised politiian. Wallace served as commerce secretary under Truman although many of the powers of the office were given to other departments.

I found this interview with Mr. Wallace while going through the Library of Commerece. It's from the early 1950's and after some general conversation  about the upcoming presidential election  Mr Wallace identified south Asia as the area of greatest concern and how we might encourage development.

As it would happen I came across an extensive article about Wallace on this morning so I thought I would share some of that with you.

"In the late 1930s and early 1940s, only FDR eclipsed Wallace - Roosevelt's secretary of agriculture (1933-1940) and then his vice president (1941-1944) - in popularity with the American people. Stone's documentary series and book portray Wallace as a true American hero, a "visionary" on both domestic and foreign policy. Today, however, Wallace is a mostly forgotten figure. If Stone's work helps restore Wallace's rightful place in our history and piques the curiosity of younger Americans to learn more about this fascinating person, it will have served an important purpose."

To read the rest at Truthout click here.

 And here is a taste of that. Stone series.

One of the nails in Mr. Wallace's coffin in 1944 might well have been this April 1944 op ed he published in the New York Times about the dangers of American facisim. A very interesting read to say the least. This is also found at Truthout here's a couple of the more interesting tid bits.

"American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery...........The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power...............Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. "

To read the rest click here.

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