Things HAVE Gotten Better

by Don Boudreaux on November 30, 2004

in History

Here are two short reports from the June 3, 1933 edition of the American Federation of Labor Weekly News Service:

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The first report is headlined: Dictator for Federal Public Works is Urged.  It begins: “Robert Moses, chairman of the New York State Public Works Commission, urged the setting up of a virtual dictatorship with wartime powers to direct the Federal Government’s proposed three billion dollar public works program as a measure of unemployment relief.”

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The second report’s headline says it all: “Amoskeag Textile Workers Win Pay Increase Strike

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So, in the midst of a severe economic downturn, the U.S. suffered talk– by prominent folk – of dictators, as well as a successful strike for wage hikes.

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Is it any wonder that the depression that started in 1930 is now known as the Great Depression?

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