The biographer of Speaker Thomas B. Reed tells about the Gilded Age in America from 1870-1893, a time of dysfunctional government and deep partisan divide over such issues as international trade, monetary policy and foreign wars. Sound familiar? Reed, a staunch Republican from Maine, ungummed the government and broke the logjam.
The distinguished author tells us what we can learn from Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President. Though a man of few words, Coolidge believed in less government, balanced budgets, lower taxes and a climate friendly to business. Unemployment averaged 3.3 per cent. Yet, in the vortex of the Great Depression and the New Deal which followed, his legacy has all but disappeared.
He talks about his vision for the FDR Four Freedoms Park as the project nears completion. Planned in the 1970’s for the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the shadow of the UN, and designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn shortly before his death, the Park will take a commemorative space into the digital age.
Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? The NET might have prevented the tragic mistakes Woodrow Wilson made in WWI’s flawed peace settlements–and might even have changed the course of history in Iraq. David Andelman, Author of “A Shattered Peace” spins his insights with host Jim Zirin, Sidley, Austin LLP. 12/23/07
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