The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Senator Edward Kennedy was a dyed-in-the-wool New Deal Liberal whose death last week brought to an end an ideological lineage stretching back, beyond Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, to Franklin Roosevelt and the birth of American progressivism.
It is unclear who, if anyone, will take up the mantle of the great Liberal Lion in an era when even the Democratic Party and its incumbent president are wary of using the dreaded L-word.
Nevertheless, we can only presume that Senator Kennedy would have been proud to learn that on this side of the Atlantic at least, the fires of New Deal politics are burning brightly in New Deal of the Mind.
Like Kennedy, New Deal of the Mind draws much inspiration from the New Deal policies of President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration during the Depression-hit 1930s.
The work creation strategies of FDR’s Works Progress Administration put millions back to work- including thousands of artists, writers and musicians- during the darkest days of the Great Depression. NDotM believes many of these policies can be adapted to serve the creative and cultural industries in 21st Century Britain.
Edward Kennedy was one of the last American politicians to be born during the New Deal era. He believed that governments had the singular responsibility of improving the lives of all members of society. NDotM shares this belief.
The British Government is tasked with putting this nation back to work. If the Government is short of ideas, it would do well to read up on its New Deal history. Or come talk to us.