A new seven part Ken Burns documentary series on Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. Perhaps relevant to those seeking to understand the context for Lovecraft’s post-1935 turn away from “fascistic socialism”, toward broadly supporting FDR in the later New Deal period (albeit via his own idiosyncratic ‘aristocratic’ misunderstanding of the New Deal)…

“No monk in his cell was ever more withdrawn from the excitements and occupations of ordinary life than that beaked and bony dreamer, sitting in his aerie on “The Ancient Hill”. Yet such was the scope of his intellectual curiosity that he even developed an academic interest in government and a singularly romantic conception of the New Deal, gorgeously complicated with Utopian ideologies that would have astonished even Mr. Roosevelt. Who, in Lovecraft’s opinion, was about to produce an authentic Millennium out of his presidential hat. The embroideries contributed by Lovecraft included adequate provisions for indigent gentlemen and scholars, baronial largesse for the peasantry, liberal endowments for those desiring to practise the arts and sciences, a stiff educational test for voters, and the gradual substitution of an aristocracy of intellect for the present aristocracy of wealth.” (E.A. Edkins)

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