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HUEY LONG

However it wouldn't be done by Long's followers. The Share Our Wealth Clubs and Societies withered away without their outspoken leader to guide them, and of course, one could presume that the fear ofLong making a point fascism and Communism moving from Europe to the US simply reinforced that perhaps capitalism, even with all its inherent flaws and even with them coming to a head in the Crash of 1929, might just be too linked to democracy to ignore. But, not matter their reason for disbanding, their work was not without cause. One could speculatively argue that if a fine-toothed comb were used on the New Deal, one would probably find pieces of Long's platform carefully reconstructed as classic FDR rhetoric, but as with Father Coughlin, FDR was not ready to have the New Deal steer America away from capitalism and certainly not any more deeper into socialism than it already done so, and if for no other reason than FDR was part of the same wealthy class that benefited from capitalism.


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