BNS 820: Censorship, Concentration Camps, & Surveillance – The Dark Side of FDR & the New Deal

by | Mar 12, 2024 | Opinion, Watch

Professor David Beito exposes the shocking truth behind FDR’s war on civil liberties, revealing a legacy of censorship, internment camps, and mass surveillance that undermines the popular narrative of FDR as America’s savior during the Great Depression.

Did you know that FDR, one of America’s most heralded presidents, censored his critics, put American minorities into glorified concentration camps, and laid the groundwork for today’s surveillance state? In this eye-opening episode of The Brian Nichols Show, host Brian Nichols sits down with Professor David Beito to discuss the untold story of FDR’s war on civil liberties.

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Professor Beito, a historian and author of the new book “The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights,” reveals the shocking extent of FDR’s hands-on involvement in violating the constitutional rights of American citizens. From the internment of Japanese Americans to the censorship of press and radio, FDR’s ruthless “anything to achieve the goal” attitude led to a jaded and cynical approach to civil liberties.

The parallels between FDR’s actions and current events are striking, as evidenced by the recent Twitter files exposing government attempts to discredit and censor dissenting voices. Professor Beito emphasizes the need for left and right to come together in defense of civil liberties, drawing inspiration from the coalitions formed by prominent figures like Norman Thomas and the Chicago Tribune’s publisher during the 1930s.

Throughout the conversation, Brian and Professor Beito delve into FDR’s legacy, challenging the narrative that he “saved” America from the Great Depressionand examining his troubling record on race relations. They also discuss the importance of learning from history to prevent the erosion of civil liberties in the face of current challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking episode that sheds light on a chapter of American history often overlooked in the classroom. Grab a copy of Professor Beito’s book “The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights” to learn more about FDR’s concentration camps, censorship, and mass surveillance, and join the conversation on protecting civil liberties for all.

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