“Some Repetitions on the Times“


“Some Repetitions on the Times“
   Essay (6,270 words); written on February 22, 1933. First published in LS(Spring 1986); rpt. MW. An essay fervently urging the new president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (two weeks prior to his inauguration), to take immediate and radical action to relieve economic hardship caused by the depression, specifically by adoption of old age pensions, unemployment insurance, and an artificial reducing of working hours so that all able-bodied persons can find work. In the political realm, the franchise should be restricted to those who can pass certain examinations (stressing knowledge of “civics”) so that capable leaders can be elected to deal with the immensely complex political and economic issues created by a technological society.
   This is one of HPL’s strongest later essays; it is curious, therefore, that he made no effort to secure its publication, even in an amateur paper, or even to type it to circulate among his colleagues. Many of the central points of the essay are, however, found in HPL’s later letters.

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