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FDR was a twat and a particularly obvious example of the American tendency to worship unworthy Presidents. JFK is another. In fact, they are an advert for Constitutional Monarchy and its separation of Head of State from political office-holders. The problem of the GD was that Hoover was also -i.e. in addition to FDR - a believer in interfering bossy-boots government, and the fact that he was far better and more intelligent chap than FDR was not enough to nullify the effect of bad corporatist policies. Looked at that way, the GD was a failure of semi-skimmed socialism, not of raw capitalism.

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