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How Do Reagan, FDR, And Modern Conservatives View ‘The Forgotten Man’?

Henry Olsen discussed how Ronald Reagan thought the government should help those in economical need on this episode of Federalist Radio.


Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of the new book, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.”

Olsen’s book makes a surprising claim that Reagan was not in opposition to the Neal Deal, but actually shared many of FDR’s philsophical positions.

“As I looked at contemporary politics, I thought that the conservative movement and the Republican party needed to find what had been missing, that during Reagan era had given them not only control over politics but over the intellectual discussion,” Olsen said.

Domenech and Olsen discuss what Reagan believed about the role of government, entitlements, and taxes. “Part of what is going on in the conservative movement is that it speaks a language that cannot be applied to actual policy prescriptions that they support.”

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