Liberty, individualism, and self-reliance have rarely had more enthusiastic champions than Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Zora Neal Hurston. Unyielding to the collectivist tenor of their times, each of these writers offered remarkably prescient insights about the New Deal welfare-warfare state and the internal contradictions of communism.

David T. Beito is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama, and author of The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance.
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Other Independent Review articles by David T. Beito
Summer 2016 “New Deal Witch Hunt”: The Buchanan Committee Investigation of the Committee for Constitutional Government
Spring 2016 The “Lodger Evil” and the Transformation of Progressive Housing Reform, 1890–1930
Fall 2010 Selling Laissez-faire Antiracism to the Black Masses: Rose Wilder Lane and the Pittsburgh Courier
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