May 12, 2016

Today in History: FDR signs Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933) -- and AA founders meet (1935)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

May 12 is the date back in 1933 that FDR signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act into law, a brilliant government plan to increase prosperity by destroying wealth, and specifically to help feed a hungry nation by plowing food right back into the dirt. 

The approach has of course caught on.

But May 12 is also when the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous first met, in 1935, and by creating a group that through voluntary organization, fellowship and humility has done far more to help mankind than any government War on Drugs, the welfare state or virtually any government program to make us better off by making us worse off.

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commented 2016-05-13 05:38:14 -0400
Well at least FDR got WWII right, when he finally got around to it.
commented 2016-05-13 01:38:35 -0400
Alcoholics Anonymous promotes the lie that addiction is a disease. The philosophy keeps people disempowered. Instead of helping people live a normal life, AA gets people to fill in their lives with nothing but support group meetings that inevitably cost money. Replacing an addiction with a lifestyle that revolves around a support group is not actually fixing the addiction. It perpetuates a narrow way of thinking and does little to help with integration. And on top of all that, despite claims against this, AA also shoves the stupid bible down the throats of its members.
commented 2016-05-12 20:25:28 -0400
The start of agricultural welfare and Agri-biz corporate cronyism – it lives on – ask the Bundys
commented 2016-05-12 19:58:41 -0400
Imagine. People relying on themselves and each other to accomplish a goal by working toward it, rather than waiting for government to do it for them. Just like Ft Mac. Unheard of.
commented 2016-05-12 17:27:32 -0400
PROFESSOR ROBSON—- that one I fully understood as it reeled off the video