Peace, Progress & Prosperity – Part V: The Peace of Westphalia, Colbert, FDR & the American System of Political Economy

Our study session series continues with author and historian, Matt Ehret…

In, “The Birth of a Eurasian Manifest Destiny”, Matthew Ehret describes “FDR as the 20th century Colbert,” he writes:

“FDR lost no time reviving the policies of Colbert on every level — from his draining of the swamp during the Pecora commission, the breaking up of the ‘Too Big To Fails’, undermining the London’s bankers’ dictatorship of 1933, and his sabotage of the unipolar League of Nations. This battle for the soul of the USA carried forth into FDR’s commitment to destroy both fascism during WW2, and more importantly, British colonialism more broadly. When one reads the Atlantic Charter, UN Charter, Four Freedoms or Good Neighbor Policy outlined by FDR between 1936-1945, it is clear that the spirit of Westphalia burned strong in Franklin’s Roosevelt’s grand design for a multipolar world that was sabotaged before it has a chance to breathe.” (p 48)

Clash of the Two Americas, volume 3 – “The Birth of a Eurasion Manifest Destiny,”
Matthew Ehret, 2022.

“Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-83) was, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest political economist and nation-builder of the 17th Century, and his ideas and influence have determined the entire course of development of all modern nationstates, including the United States of America, since the Treaty of Westphalia period. Initially promoted as Steward of the household of Cardinal Mazarin, Colbert later became Comptroller General of the Finances of France during most of the reign of Louis XIV. Colbert was the first world leader to successfully apply the new principle of Westphalia to economics, the which would later be followed successively by Gottfried Leibniz, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Quincy Adams, Henry Carey, Friedrich List, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.”

The Economic Policy that Made the Peace of Westphalia by Pierre Beaudry (2003 EIR)

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