The road we are traveling, 1914-1942:
guidelines to America's future
(Source: “The Road We Are Traveling” Stuart Chase, 1942)
1. A STRONG, CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT.
2. AN EXECUTIVE ARM GROWING AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL ARMS.
3. THE CONTROL OF BANKING, CREDIT AND SECURITY EXCHANGES BY THE GOVERNMENT.
4. THE UNDERWRITING OF EMPLOYMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT, EITHER THROUGH ARMAMENTS OR PUBLIC WORKS.
5. THE UNDERWRITING OF SOCIAL SECURITY BY THE GOVERNMENT – OLD-AGE PENSIONS, MOTHERS’ PENSIONS, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND THE LIKE.
6. THE UNDERWRITING OF GOOD HOUSING AND MEDICAL CARE, BY THE GOVERNMENT.
7. THE USE OF THE DEFICIT SPENDING TECHNIQUE TO FINANCE THESE UNDERWRITINGS. THE ANNUALLY BALANCED BUDGET HAS LOST ITS OLD-TIME SANCTITY.
8. THE ABANDONMENT OF GOLD IN FAVOR OF MANAGED CURRENCIES
9. THE CONTROL OF FOREIGN TRADE BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITH INCREASING EMPHASIS ON BILATERAL AGREEMENTS AND BARTER DEALS .
10. THE CONTROL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, WITH INCREASING EMPHASIS ON SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
11. THE CONTROL OF ENERGY SOURCES – HYDROELECTRIC POWER, COAL, PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS.
12. THE CONTROL OF TRANSPORTATION – RAILWAYS, HIGHWAYS, AIRWAYS AND WATERWAYS.
13. THE CONTROL OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.
14. THE CONTROL OF LABOR ORGANIZATIONS, OFTEN TO THE POINT OF PROHIBITING STRIKES.
15. THE ENLISTMENT OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN YOUTH CORPS DEVOTED TO HEALTH, DISCIPLINE, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND IDEOLOGIES CONSISTENT WITH THOSE OF THE AUTHORITIES.
16. HEAVY TAXATION, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE ESTATES AND INCOMES OF THE RICH.
17. NOT MUCH “TAKING OVER” OF PROPERTY OR INDUSTRIES IN THE OLD SOCIALISTIC SENSE. THE FORMULA APPEARS TO BE CONTROL WITHOUT OWNERSHIP. IT IS INTERESTING TO RECALL THE SAME FORMULA IS USED BY THE MANAGEMENT OF GREAT CORPORATIONS IN DEPRIVING STOCKHOLDERS OF POWER.
18. THE STATE CONTROL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PROPAGANDA.
GLENN BECK SHOW
The story behind Obama’s documentary,“The Road We’ve Traveled”Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM EDT
The Obama campaign has enlisted the help of Hollywood to make a mini-documentary on how awesome Barack Obama’s Presidency has been. Of course, he’s been so horrific a president it makes sense he’d need to recruit people who make stuff up for a living to promote himself.
Why’d they select that name? Glenn covered the story on radio this morning!
Read the transcript of the discussion below:
GLENN: Well, hello, America. Welcome to the program. There is a lot to discuss. There is some amazing, some amazing things that nobody could find, you know, that was a problem for the president in the new Tom Hanks documentary which I think is ‑‑ Tom, you must be so proud.
You must be so proud. You’re so neutral in this, you’re making a campaign film, it really is a propaganda film for Barack Obama. The problem with it is the filmmaker said, you know, the only thing that we could really find bad about Barack Obama is that it was just so good. I’ve never ‑‑ huh.
PAT: Yeah, here’s what he said with Piers Morgan the other night.
MORGAN: These documentary makers, you know, balance these movies with the negative as well as the positive. What are the negatives in your movie about Barack Obama?
VOICE: Well, I mean, the negative for me was there were too many accomplishments. I had, you know, 17 minutes to put them all in there but I think ‑‑
MORGAN: Oh, come off it. Come ‑‑ you can’t say that with a straight face. Come on.
VOICE: I’m looking at you right now with a straight face. I mean, look, I mean ‑‑
MORGAN: The only negative about Barack Obama is there are too many positives is this
VOICE: That was a negative ‑‑ excuse me, a negative for me.
VOICE: Which is, you know, I ‑‑ the challenge for me was I wanted to put more in there, I really did.
MORGAN: Are there any negatives in there?
VOICE: I think they’re negatives in the sense that the challenges when you’re trying to pass healthcare in a really toxic environment, they’re negatives in terms of the opposition he’s had.
PAT: That is Debbie Wasserman Schultz‑worthy right there.
STU: It is, that’s almost Debbie Wasserman Schultz syndrome right there.
GLENN: After four years the only bad thing they found about their time in office was… it was just too good.
STU: I’m glad, too, they got the guy, Tom Hanks, who also brought us the documentary about how we were all just racists in World War II 6789 wasn’t that the same?
GLENN: Yeah, it is.
STU: That’s right.
GLENN: It is.
STU: All it was was about our Japanese racism.
GLENN: Yeah, mmm‑hmmm.
STU: Certainly nothing to do with, I don’t know, Nazis and stuff.
PAT: And being attacked.
GLENN: Or being attacked.
STU: And being attacked.
GLENN: By the empire of Japan.
STU: It certainly had nothing to do with that.
GLENN: It had nothing to do with that.
STU: It was our racism.
GLENN: It was our racism.
GLENN: You know what? Tom Hanks, how do these guys dupe us? And, you know, I apologize to the family members, unless they’re all communists, too, of Jimmy, Jimmy Stewart. Because I’ve always thought that Tom Hanks was our Jimmy Stewart. He couldn’t be further from Jimmy Stewart. Jimmy Stewart and Hank Fonda, they were all decent Americans. They loved the country. They were decent, good Americans.
STU: I don’t know that ‑‑ yeah, I mean, that last ‑‑ this thing, I mean, he’s just a crazy Hollywood liberal which you’d sort of expect, though I feel like for a long time he wasn’t out there making a big deal out of that.
GLENN: Oh, no. I mean, of course no.
STU: I don’t know why it’s changed.
GLENN: They all hide. I mean, look at Barack Obama. By the way, the name of this, the name of this documentary is The Road We’ve Traveled, right?
GLENN: Could you do me a favor? Could you look up Stuart Chase? I believe Stuart Chase is the guy who coined the term The New Deal. I’m pretty sure. There’s this book from the 1930s that was written by Stuart Chase and I thought of it this morning as we were thinking about the movie The Road We’ve Traveled, Stuart Chase, have you seen?
STU: It has been suggested he was the originator of the expression A New Deal.
GLENN: Okay. Progressive?
STU: I mean, I’m just reading a sentence here.
GLENN: I’m pretty sure. I’m pretty sure. I think this guy was a big FDR guy. And he wrote this book called The Road We are Traveling and it was written in 1942 and he said we’re on this road and after the war is finished ‑‑ he wrote this book in 1942. After the war is finished, we’re going to have to clear up this mystery. But what we are now is no longer, it’s not socialism, it’s not capitalism. He just called it in his book X. And he said, we’ll have to define it later, but it’s X. We don’t know what to call it yet.
But there’s some major characteristics, and it’s replaced our system of free enterprise and it will all over the world. He said we could call it communism, we could call it fascism, we could call it state capitalism. We just don’t know what it is.
Now, he said ‑‑ try this on for size. This is what it is. This is how you would describe it: A strong centralized government.
Would you say we have that?
GLENN: An executive arm growing at the expense of the legislative and judicial arms.
GLENN: Got that? The control of banking, credit, and security exchanges by the government.
STU: Yeah. Jeez.
GLENN: The underwriting of employment through armaments or public works.
STU: Yeah, absolutely. Stimulus package and so much more.
GLENN: The underwriting of Social Security by the government.
GLENN: The underwriting of food, housing, and medical care by the government. The use of deficit spending to than the these underwritings.
STU: We’re 100% so far.
GLENN: The abandonment of gold in favor of managed currencies.
PAT: Been there.
GLENN: The control of foreign trade by the government. The control of natural resources. The control of energy sources.
GLENN: The control of transportation. The control of agricultural production. The control of organized labor unions. The enlistment of young men and young women in youth corps devoted to health, discipline, community service, and ideologies consistent with those of the government authorities.
PAT: They’re kind of working on that right now.
GLENN: Heavy taxation with special emphasis on the estates and incomes of the rich.
STU: (Laughing.) Is this ‑‑
GLENN: State control of communications and propaganda.
STU: This is like a mission statement for the Obama administration.
GLENN: May I? This book was not an indictment of it.
GLENN: It was saying “This is great.” Remember this is the guy who coined the term The New Deal. This is the road we’re traveling. Now, is it a coincidence? I’m sure it is. Is it a coincidence that anybody who has studied progressivism ‑‑ I mean, when I heard the name of this, this documentary, I mean, you were with me, Pat.
PAT: Oh, yeah.
STU: Perked up right away.
GLENN: Wait a minute. I have that book. I had it wrong. I thought it was the Road We Traveled. The name of the book is The Road We’re Traveling.
PAT: That makes so much sense because we were traveling that road then. Now we’ve traveled it.
GLENN: We’ve traveled it.
PAT: And now it’s past tense. We’re there. It’s great.
GLENN: This is yet another ‑‑
PAT: It’s amazing.
GLENN: Another knife in the back to anybody who doesn’t know and a wink to anybody who does know the history. Everybody who ‑‑ anybody who is a Cass Sunstein, I mean, Cass Sunstein wanted this job because he’s a fan of Edward Bernays. He knows. He salivated over this job. He couldn’t wait. Those guys would absolutely know. I mean, remember when they were talking to us about Father Coughlin and they’re calling me Father Coughlin and we’re like, who the hell is Father Coughlin? They knew. They know these players. They know who Stuart Chase is. I really believe that whoever did this, they know exactly what they’ve done.
They’ve said, “Yeah, yeah, it was X.” They couldn’t identify what it was. It’s state capitalism.
See, we were trying to do all these things in 1942 and Stuart Chase says, “If we do it right… this is 1942: “If we do it right, if you get it right, you will not be able to turn this ship off of that course.” Now the name of this movie is The Road We Traveled?
STU: Well, certainly by the standard they set up, they’re definitely guilty. If you remember back in 2010, we did that rally, you know, Restoring Honor in Washington and they immediately accused us of stealing the speech date of Martin Luther King as if we had any idea.
GLENN: Exactly right.
STU: They immediately accused us of that. So by their standard clearly this has to be intentional.
GLENN: So who is Stuart Chase? Who’s the guy who said he was going to change the free market enterprise, that this is state capitalism? Who was he? He was a Fabian Socialist, a member of the Fabian Society at Harvard, a friend of Walter Lippmann. Water Lippmann is the guy who every journalist in America has studied and hails as a hero. He was a eugenicist, a eugenics guy, he was a progressive, he was a member of the Woodrow Wilson administration.
STU: (Laughing.) Sometimes I feel like they do this stuff just to give you monologues.
GLENN: I mean, I ‑‑ I can’t believe it.
PAT: That’s amazing.
GLENN: That’s amazing.
PAT: That’s amazing. I mean, but that’s what they do.
STU: So they were traveling it in 1942, this road, and now ‑‑
PAT: We’ve traveled it.
STU: ‑‑ we’ve finally traveled it.
PAT: Yeah, we’ve arrived.
GLENN: And he said the war is going to give us a chance to actually finish this and you won’t be able to turn it off the course, you won’t be able to turn it around. They did turn it around some ‑‑ somewhat. But now the question is can we turn it around now. The Road We’ve Traveled. The name of the book from 1942 is The Road We’re Traveling. You decide. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, I’m sure it is.
SOURCE: GLENN BECK SHOW
Stuart Chase (March 8, 1888, Somersworth, New Hampshire - November 16, 1985) was an American economist and engineer trained at MIT. His writings covered topics as diverse as general semantics and physical economy. His hybrid background of engineering and economics places him in the same philosophical camp as R. Buckminster Fuller. Chase's thought was shaped by Henry George, Thorstein Veblen and Fabian socialism. Chase spent his early political career supporting "a wide range of reform causes: the single tax, women's suffrage, birth control and socialism."  Chase's early books The Tragedy of Waste (1925) and Your Money's Worth (1928) were notable for their criticism of corporate advertising and their advocacy of consumer protection. Although not a Marxist, Chase admired the planned economy of the Soviet Union, being impressed with it after a 1927 visit. Chase stated that "The Russians, in a time of peace, have answered the question of what an economic system is for". It has been suggested that he was the originator of the expression a New Deal, which became identified with the economic programs of American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He wrote a cover story in The New Republic entitled "A New Deal for America", during the week that Roosevelt gave his 1932 presidential acceptance speech promising a new deal, but whether Roosevelt's speechwriter Samuel Rosenman saw the magazine is not clear.
His 1938 book The Tyranny of Words was an early (perhaps the earliest, predating Hayakawa) and influential popularization of Alfred Korzybski's general semantics.
Chase supported the isolationist movement and was against US entry in World War II, advocating this position in his 1939 book The New Western Front.
In the 1960s, Chase lent his support to the Johnson administration's Great Society policies.
Chase is famous for the quote at the end of his book A New Deal, "Why should Russians have all the fun remaking a world?" — a reference to the "socialist experiment" in the USSR.
He is quoted in S. I. Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action as having said, "Common sense is that which tells us the world is flat."