THE PRESIDENCY: Psychology and Switches

Psychologists are nowadays in general agreement that the way to make a boy bad is to tell him that he is a bad boy. Four years ago. Franklin Roosevelt began telling businessmen that they were bad. Businessmen were not long in reciprocating. Each has become steadily worse in the eyes of the other. More recently, Franklin Roosevelt began telling the Press that it was bad.

Last February, the President denounced as "false" and "hostile" an unfounded report that he was planning to stump the country for his Court Plan. In his fireside chat last October, he referred to...

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