During Glenn Beck’s rousing weekend speech at the Summer Retreat for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, when discussing the fact that Americans do not know their own history, he pulled out a book with a shockingly prescient message.
“The President when he went to run for his second term…put out a video and it was on and then it was off. And it went away quickly because when I saw the title I said, “Oh I know that title.” And it was pulled within the first day.”
What was the title of the video, and why might it have been pulled?
Glenn Beck discusses Stuart Chase’s “The Road We Are Traveling” at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Summer Retreat on March 21, 2014. (Image Source: Vimeo screengrab)
The video was titled “The Road We’ve Traveled.” And if that sounds familiar, it should. In 2012 Glenn Beck exposed the Obama documentary as being titled and themed quite similarly to a book written by Stuart Chase — who coined the phrase “New Deal” — in 1945 titled “The Road We Are Traveling. 1914-1942.” The book lays bare the entire progressive agenda, which continues its march forward today.
At the time, TheBlaze noted:
“For Beck, “the road we are traveling” is not only the embodiment of the Obama administration and every goal it is realizing, but is ‘yet another knife in the back of anyone who doesn’t know [the history]… and a wink to anyone who does.’”
During the speech while paraphrasing a particularly eerie passage from the book, Beck stated:
“We can’t go back. We can’t go back on what we have started on the road we’re traveling…soon we will have something I would like to call “X.” It’s the first intelligent attempt to understand what we are doing…a “managerial revolution.” So in other words, nobody’s actually going to be running the country. We’ll just have a bunch of…middle managers. The EPA will be running [the country]…he says it’s too late to turn back [this is in 1945]…we’re moving from free enterprise to “X.” Now he didn’t want to call it anything else. Before they were calling it “fascism.” They were calling it “socialism.” They were calling it “communism.” But because these words were all discredited he called it “System X.”
And what is “System X?” Here’s what Chase says, a list that Glenn quoted from [link ours]:
- A strong, centralized government.
- An executive arm growing at the expense of the legislative and judicial arms. In some countries, power is consolidated in a dictator, issuing decrees.
- The control of banking, credit and security exchanges by the government.
- The underwriting of employment by the government, either through armaments or public works.
- The underwriting of social security by the government–old-age pensions, mothers’ pensions, unemployment insurance, and the like.
- The underwriting of food, housing and medical care, by the government. The United States is already experimenting with providing these essentials. Other nations are far along the road.
- The use of the deficit spending technique to finance these underwritings. The annually balanced budget has lost its old-time sanctity.
- The abandonment of gold in favor of managed currencies.
- The control of foreign trade by the government, with increasing emphasis on bilateral agreements and barter deals.
- The control of natural resources, with increasing emphasis on self-sufficiency.
- The control of energy resources–hydroelectric power, coal, petroleum, natural gas.
- The control of transportation–railway, highway, airway, waterway.
- The control of agricultural production.
- The control of labor organizations, often to the point of prohibiting strikes.
- The enlistment of young men and women to youth corps devoted to health, discipline, community service and ideologies consistent with those of the authorities. The CCC camps have just inaugurated military drill.
- Heavy taxation, with special emphasis on the estates and incomes of the rich.
- 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 that the same formula is used by the management of great corporations in depriving stockholders of power.
- The state control of communications and propaganda.
After reciting from the list, Glenn summarized his point: “It’s clear to see what we’re doing, if you are a communist with patience [as Beck defined progressives]…They’ve said it.”
For those who have read Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ 1848 title “The Communist Manifesto,” the principles Stuart Chase outlined almost should seem familiar, as they dovetail nicely with Marx and Engels’ 10 planks of Communism.
Be sure to watch Glenn’s entire compelling speech below.
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