Two Types of Liberalism in The End of Reform by Alan Brinkley

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In “The End of Reform”, Alan Brinkley makes it very clear that there are two types of liberalism. The first type came from conservationism, which is what can be titled as liberalism today. This form of early liberalism was as a result from the new deal. The ideas of this new deal were clearly stated as to help the American people come out of an economic depression. Essentially, the objective behind it was to keep the people alive. Due to damages of the great depression, it was a rarity to find someone who could support his or her family. The people of this country wanted two things; food for their family, and for the government to protect them from the discomfort of their current financial problems. This in turn created a reliance on the …show more content…
If it did, then the President would jump on and take credit for it, but if it didn’t, he would kind of be put in the shadows and throw the problem on someone else. Another issue that Brinkley brings up regards Keynesians. Brinkley states that WWII required so much production that people were making more money because of the various job opportunities, therefore spending their money more creating a more stable economy. This proved that the ideas of the Keynesians were pretty accurate. Throughout the book, Brinkley shows the various disagreements on how to solve this problem in the United States. Overall I think Brinkley’s main point throughout the book is that the war had the greatest impact on liberalism. From reading this book, one can infer that Alan Brinkley is definitely liberal in thinking. He simultaneously states the problems of the new deal and of the economy but never really gives a solution. He ultimately believed that the idea of the New Deal was to use the government to fix Capitalism. On this topic, I believe that the government wasn’t the only thing that could fix the economy at this time. The government can help create new jobs and manage money flow, but at the same time, the people influence the economy a great deal too. The people work, which earns them money. This then enables them to spend more, thus creating a growing economy. If the

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