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Hitler Vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt on Development

Updated on December 31, 2017
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Patrick has been working as a freelance writer for the past 3 years



The problem

In one of his speeches, Adolf Hitler explained that the troubles in his country were caused by broken promises from foes both at home and abroad. The trouble is also attributed to the country not having received equality and fraternity that it was promised following the war in 1918. In this regards, Hitler says that "we lost our liberty to boot". In addition, he is convinced that Communism with its methods is a threat to Germany. He says that "Fourteen years of Marxism have ruined Germany”. On the other hand, Franklin D. Roosevelt is of the opinion that it was greed that has caused the severe economic situation during that period. He expresses his disappointment the greedy capitalists and businessmen who he refers to as the money changer. With regard to these greedy individuals, Franklin explains: "Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers".



Adolf on the way forward

With regards to the problems that faced Germany, Hitler hoped to solve them within 4 years. This would be achieved through "compulsory labor- service and the back-to-the-land policy". To revive the economy, Hitler explained that his government would promote employment, preserve the farmer and exploit individual initiatives. However, any activity that would endanger the currency of the country would be avoided "the Government sees the best guarantee for the avoidance of any experiments which would endanger the currency". With regards to foreign policy, Hitler insisted that the greatest mission of the government was to secure the right to live and restore the freedom of the nation. Efforts would therefore be directed towards eliminating the chaos that existed and restore a state of equal value and of equal rights. To achieve this however, Hitler expressed that the government was obligated to destroy communism in Germany. He says that "If, however, Germany is to experience this political and economic revival and conscientiously fulfill her duties toward the other nations, one decisive step is absolutely necessary first: the overcoming of the destroying menace of communism in Germany".

Roosevelt on the way forward

For Roosevelt, creating employment would be the responsibility of the government. Employment would therefore be used for the purposes of "accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources". His programs also aimed at reorganizing the balance in the industrial centers, engaging in a national scale redistribution, proving better use of lands for those who were best fitted for the land, raising the value of agricultural products as well as the power to purchase outputs of the cities of the nation. The plan would also involve unification of relief activities, which were currently scattered, uneconomical and unequal as well as national planning that would supervise such areas as transportation, and communications among others. To prevent the impacts that had affected the country, Roosevelt explained that there was a need for strict supervision of all banking, credits as well as investments. He says that "there must be an end to speculation with other people's money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency". Although he understands the significance of international trade, Roosevelt explains that matters affecting the country take first priority "I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.” his goal is therefore to give more efforts to ensuring the country is back on track first.




The two came to power when their respective countries were experiencing economic difficulties among other issues. However, they both take center stage, and promise to revive the economy in the course of their presidency. The two speeches they gave on ways to develop their respective countries portrayed vigorous leadership as well as bold action. For instance, whereas Franklin promises to do everything in his power to get rid of greedy individuals and create employment, Hitler also promises that the first four years will get rid of communism, create employment and restore Germany's position as a global power. They both call for cooperation from the people and even hope that divine power will guide them. They also recognize the significance of agriculture to improve their countries and both feel that their countries will recover and become the once dominant nations they were. Given that their countries face similar challenges, they find common ground on their proposed solutions. Being leaders of their nations, they feel that they at a position to improve the lives of their people and in so doing develop their nations.

© 2017 Patrick


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