FDR, Stalin and the Untold History of the New Deal

As part of the promotion for the Russian edition, DenTV and Nashe Zavtra publishing have arranged a series of interviews tackling different aspects of my research. In this week’s discussion with eminent scholar Dionis Kaptari, we focused our conversation around the untold history of the New Deal: where did it come from? What did it do? and why did it fail to become a global driver of development after WW2 as FDR had intended?

We addressed Franklin Roosevelt’s re-activation of the same Hamiltonian credit system which Lincoln died defending, as well as FDR’s fight to use a system of national credit banks.

When this failed, FDR and his trusted network of collaborators decided to use the Reconstruction Finance Corporation as a national bank, bypassing both the private Federal Reserve and fascist-minded Wall Street banks, becomming the primary issuer of credit in the nation within 12 years.

For those who wish to understand the fifth columns within both Russia and the USA which both FDR and Stalin contended with during these precarious years (or why the Bretton Woods institutions failed to serve as instruments for internationalising the New Deal), then this interview is for you.