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1 Ronald Reagan, Hollywood film actor; strong New Dealer in 1940s; started opposing New Deal programs in the 1950s as a corporate spokesman for the General Electric company. 23745
2 Ayn Rand novelist, founder of Objectivism and one inspiration for libertarianism. 11916
3 William Randolph Hearst, former leader of left-wing of Democratic party; owned nation's largest newspaper chain; major supporter of Roosevelt in 1932, broke with Roosevelt in 1935 over Roosevelt's proposal to greatly increase taxes on the inheritances of the wealthy, and to close several tax loopholes used by the wealthy to avoid paying taxes. Orson Welles, a prominent New Dealer, responded with the film Citizen Kane (1941), a scathing critique of Hearst’s legacy and empire. 7155
4 Herbert Hoover, Addresses Upon the American Road, 1940-1941 (1941) 6987
5 Robert Frost poet 6845
6 Milton Friedman, economist. A spokesman for the Treasury during World War II; he began criticizing the NRA and Hoover's Federal Reserve in 1950s 6019
7 Charles Lindbergh, pilot who became a national hero in 1927 when he was the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from America to France. Lindbergh became the national leader of the isolationist America First Committee in 1940-41. He was attacked by New Dealers for his perceived anti-Semitism and support for some Nazi policies. 4658
8 Ezra Pound, American poet and expatriate; radio broadcaster for Italian leader Benito Mussolini in World War II 3537
9 Barry Goldwater, Republican 1964 presidential candidate; succeeded Taft as the leader of Republican conservatives in the 1950s. Goldwater consistently opposed the expansion of government welfare programs modeled after the New Deal; he criticized President Eisenhower for offering a "dime-store New Deal". 2613
10 Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Ambassador to Britain, leader of Irish-Americans and father of John Kennedy; broke with FDR in 1940 over Roosevelt's proposal to support Britain in its struggle with Nazi Germany. An isolationist, Kennedy believed that Britain would lose to Germany and that America should stay out of the conflict. 2506
11 Walter Lippmann newspaper columnist and political philosopher 1711
12 Murray Rothbard, America's Great Depression. (1963) 1416
13 Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (2008) 1113
14 Al Smith, Democratic nominee for U.S. president in 1928; founded American Liberty League in 1934 to attack New Deal programs as fostering unnecessary "class conflict". 984
15 John Dos Passos, novelist; formerly on the left 762
16 John Nance Garner, supported Roosevelt in 1932; elected vice president 1932 and 1936; broke with Roosevelt in 1937 over his court packing plan. 692
17 Rose Wilder Lane, novelist and journalist 614
18 Wendell Willkie, Republican presidential candidate in 1940; supported FDR 1941-43 581
19 Robert Taft, powerful Republican Senator from Ohio from 1939 to 1953. Taft was the leader of the Republican Party's conservative wing; he consistently denounced the New Deal as "socialism" and argued that it harmed America's business interests and gave ever-greater control to the central government in Washington. Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Taft, a non-interventionist, vigorously opposed FDR's attempts to aid Britain in World War Two. 576
20 Dean Acheson, Treasury official in 1933; Assistant Secretary of State 1944 553
21 Harry F. Byrd, Democratic Senator from Virginia 357
22 Thomas Woods, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (2004) 315
23 Maxwell Anderson, Playwright, Jeffersonian anarchist, wrote Knickerbocker Holiday (with Kurt Weill) as a satire on the New Deal which compared Roosevelt to Hitler and Mussolini. 201
24 Albert Jay Nock, libertarian author and social critic 175
25 Carter Glass, Democratic Senator from Virginia 144
26 Frank Knox Republican Vice Presidential candidate in 1936; joined FDR cabinet as Secretary of the Navy, 1940-44 134
27 Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (2007) 124
28 Elizabeth Dilling, The Roosevelt Red Record and Its Background (1936) 113
29 Robert P. Murphy, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (2007) 112
30 Isabel Paterson, libertarian author 100
31 Raymond Moley, After Seven Years (1939) 81
32 Westbrook Pegler newspaper columnist 76
33 David Lawrence, magazine columnist 67
34 Rush D. Holt, Sr., Democratic West Virginian Senator; opposed FDR's domestic and foreign policies. 58
35 John T. Flynn, The Roosevelt Myth (1948, revised 1952) 57
36 Garet Garrett, Defend America First: The Antiwar Editorials of the Saturday Evening Post, 1939-1942 (2003), edited by Bruce Ramsey 55
37 Burton W. Folsom, Jr., New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America (2008) 43
38 James J. Martin, American Liberalism and World Politics, 1931-1941 (1964) 39
39 Jim Powell, FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression (2003) 26
40 George N. Peek, farm leader; supported FDR in 1932 17
41 Mark Sullivan, newspaper columnist 12
42 Henry Stimson, Hoover's Secretary of State; joined FDR cabinet as Secretary of War, 1940-45 < 5
43 Hugh S. Johnson, first head of the National Recovery Administration see [link]. Johnson fell out with Roosevelt after FDR fired him in 1935. < 5
44 Gerald L.K. Smith, Huey Long second-in-command; took over SOWM after Long's death, went in pro-Nazi direction < 5
45 Charles Beard, leading historian; supported New Deal but strongly opposed FDR's foreign policies < 5
46 H.L. Mencken, American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, and satirist. < 5
47 Lewis Douglas, Budget Director, 1933 < 5

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