… is from pages xi-xii of Amity Shlaes’s Introduction to her 2023 anthology, New Deal Rebels:
Out of a very American sense of decency, most of the public was unwilling to delve into the New Deal’s arguments. To impugn the government’s motives would be more indecent yet. The longer the license of crisis was invoked, the more citizens accepted the suspension of their freedoms. And, over time, Americans became so accustomed to economic misery and their own lack of freedom that, benumbed, they came to see no other remedy to their woes than a yet-larger government. In any case, it appeared easier to go along.
DBx: Governments love crises.