Garet Garrett

Garet Garrett (February 19, 1878 – November 6, 1954), born Edward Peter Garrett, was an American journalist and author, who is noted for his opposition to the New Deal and U.S. involvement in World War II.

Garrett was born February 19, 1878, at Pana, Illinois, and grew up on a farm near Burlington, Iowa. He left home as a teenager, finding work as a printer’s devil in Cleveland. In 1898, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he covered the administration of William McKinley as a newspaper reporter and then changed his first name to “Garet”, which he pronounced the same as “Garrett.” In 1900, he moved to New York City, where he became a financial reporter. By 1910, he had become a financial columnist for the New York Evening Post. In 1913, he became editor of The New York Times Annalist, a new financial weekly later known simply as The Annalist,[1] and, in 1915, he joined the editorial council of The New York Times. In 1916, at 38, he became the executive editor of the New-York Tribune.

In 1922, he became the principal writer on economic issues for the Saturday Evening Post, a position he held until 1942. From 1944 to 1950 he edited American Affairs, the magazine of The Conference Board. In his career, Garrett was a confidant of Bernard Baruch and Herbert Hoover.

Garrett wrote 13 books: Where the Money Grows (1911), The Blue Wound (1921), The Driver (1922), The Cinder Buggy (1923), Satan’s Bushel (1924), Ouroboros, or the Mechanical Extension of Mankind (1926), Harangue (1927), The American Omen (1928), A Bubble That Broke the World (1932), A Time Is Born (1944), The Wild Wheel (1952), The People’s Pottage (1953) and The American Story (1955).

Garrett’s most-read work is The People’s Pottage, which consists of three essays. “The Revolution Was” portrays the New Deal as a “revolution within the form” that undermined the American republic. “Ex America” charts the decline in America’s individualist values from 1900 to 1950. “Rise of Empire” argues that America has become an imperial state, incompatible with Garrett’s views, “a constitutional, representative, limited government in the republican form.”

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