The New Deal allowed for the government to become a spending partner. We expect this today although we realize that there must be controls on unchecked spending. The New Deal allowed for a greater acceptance of the disenfranchised while keeping power in the hands of traditional groups. The New Deal transformed the role of the executive branch. This has had mixed results according to some historians.
Did the New Deal help us avoid radical alternatives?
Yes. The Depression was not viewed as severe enough by some to encourage radical alternatives. By promoting the inclusion of many different types into the so called “New Deal Coalition”, disaffected people were allowed to voice and promote their political agenda. This would dissipate attempts by extremists to encourage radical ideas and their inclusion into those groups.. This coalition would become the core group of the Democratic Party for the next 30 years and would dominate our domestic thinking until the 1970’s.