The WPA and CCC were clearly socialist endeavors that helped to pull the nation through a really rough patch, at the same time creating much that has been of lasting value. Landscapes that had been trashed by rampant capitalists were healed, public works were built (walking around my town you still see “WPA 1937” stamped into sidewalks and streets everywhere), and the National Park Service has loads of architecturally significant buildings that were constructed with real craftsmanship.
It was a time when big government truly produced a great deal of wealth while helping people in need.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller