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Individualism Old and New

In Dewey’s book Individualism Old and New, written in 1930, he said (p. 97-98) that out of the industrial conferences then President Hoover had convened to deal with the depression, there should grow a permanent

“Economic Council”  a “coordinating and directive council in which captains of industry and finance would meet with representatives of labor and public officials to plan the regulation of industrial activity.”

This, Dewey said

“would signify that we had entered constructively and voluntarily [yeah right] upon the road which Soviet Russia is traveling with so much attendant destruction and coercion.”

Dewey would avoid the murder of bodies  by destroying people’s capacity to think.

“... the chief obstacle to the creation of a type of individual whose pattern of thought and desire is enduringly marked by consensus with others, and in whom sociability is one with cooperation in all regular human associations, is the persistence of that feature of the earlier individualism which defines industry and commerce by ideas of private pecuniary profit.” (Page 44.)

“The future seems to hold in store an extension of political control in the social interest.  We already have the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Federal Reserve Board, and now the Farm Relief Board  a socialistic undertaking on a large scale sponsored by the [so-called] party of individualism.  The probabilities seem to favor the creation of more such boards in the future, in spite of all concomitant denunciations of bureaucracy and proclamations that individualism is the source of our national prosperity.” (Page 54.)