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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Utilitarianism

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt surely did all that he did to preserve freedom and democracy. However, he often took an autocratic approach to achieve the task, or at least in did in when dealing with American issues. The clearest evidence of his autocratic approach is in the "Court Packing" controversy. No matter if Roosevelt's intuitions were pure or not, this was clearly an attempt to surpass an aspect of the U.S. government. Roosevelt clearly did not care for the supreme courts opinion and wanted to have greater control. The fact that many of his acts with in his New Deal were later found to be unconstitutional also speaks a great deal about his leadership style. Surely while writing the deals Roosevelt must have at least briefly considered that…show more content…
Roosevelt took office in a time when the mass if America was suffering. Roosevelt had to get results that benefited large numbers of people. The Great Depression was also getting worse everyday that Roosevelt did not act, he needed results and likely did not care, at times, how he got them. There is clear evidence that Roosevelt primarily used a utilitarianism approach. Almost every action he took in his early presidency was to try and improve the economy in some way. The Social Security act alone affected more than 35 million people. Many of his acts within his deals were designed to allow the government to feed money to the people and thus the economy. The utilitarianism model also fits his international aspirations as well. Roosevelt would not have help lay the foundation of a diplomatic worldwide peace organization unless he believe in helping the masses. If he followed an egoist philosophy, for example, he would have never became involved with the idea. What does a self-centered person gain from establishing such an organization? It is often said that utilitarianism is the perfect model for a democracy as it seeks to fulfil one of the most fundamental aspects of democracy, the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It is no wonder that Roosevelt would use said type of philosophy, it aligns with his goals perfectly. Still, Roosevelt often comes…show more content…
He faced such great challenges and laid the foundation for America's success. Even more inspiring he faced said challenges will not being able to walk. Most people give up when such a tragedy faced them, but Roosevelt. Roosevelt faced his disability head on and became one of the most important presidents in American history. Taking a closer look at Roosevelt's actions from an ethical stance has not really changed my onion of him at all. The main thing that one could perhaps take issue with out be Roosevelt's leadership style. His values were a little off, but he stuck to his guns and accomplished much. His leadership style was largely based off a teleology philosophy. I have never been one to advocate the use of this philosophy as more often than not, the ends do not justify the means. Still, Roosevelt is the first person I think of when I have to remind my self the sometimes the ends will justify the mean. Roosevelt was put between a rock and a hard place and have to make tough calls. I have as much admiration and respect for this man as I ever had and I am glad he was the 32nd president of the United States of
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