Today’s post shows a past administration that dealt with a newly globalized and interconnected world. The audio clip below shows how the FDR administration took advantage of new media to reach out the public.
“When peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries everywhere is in danger.
“It is easy for you and for me to shrug our shoulders and say that conflicts taking place thousands of miles from the continental United States, and, indeed thousands of miles from the whole American hemisphere, do not seriously affect the Americas—and that all the United States has to do is to ignore them and go about its own business. Passionately though we may desire detachment, we are forced to realize that every word that comes through the air, every ship that sails the sea, every battle that is fought, does affect the American future. …
“It is of the utmost importance that the people of this country, with the best information in the world, think things through. The most dangerous enemies of American peace are those who, without well-rounded information on the whole subject of the past, the present, and the future, undertake to speak with assumed authority, to talk in terms of glittering generalities, to give to the nation assurances of prophecies which are of little present or future value.” — FDR, Sept 3, 1939