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Benjamin V. CohenArchitect of the New Deal$
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William Lasser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088793

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088793.001.0001

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Benjamin V. Cohen

Benjamin V. Cohen

Architect of the New Deal

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Benjamin V. Cohen

William Lasser

Yale University Press

This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions. Contemporaries and historians alike view Cohen as a leading intellectual force behind the political philosophy of New Deal liberalism. Cohen stood squarely between those who sought radical reform of the capitalist system and those who opposed even modest changes. His goal—and, ultimately, the goal of the New Deal itself—“was not to make a revolution but to make the capitalist system work better, for the benefit of all.”

Keywords:   New Deal, liberalism, political philosophy, capitalist system

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