Recently I came across an interesting book, “A New Deal,” by Stuart
Chase, published in 1932. This is the book that not only gave Franklin
Delano Roosevelt a blueprint for leading America toward socialism, but
it also gave that program a name: the New Deal. The book was a
no-holds-barred attack on capitalism and an argument for a controlled
economy. Chase wrote,

“Feudalism, for all its harsh fixity, had a sense of function. Both
noble and priest recognized, if they did not always practice, social
responsibility. The curse of laissez-faire and its cousin capitalism is
that responsibility is removed. Having made his money, the
entrepreneur’s work is done. … Laissez-faire is barren of a sense of
state, and its chief ornaments are, beyond their safes and counters,
lost and homeless men. … (Laissez-faire) exalted the worst side of
human nature — greed and acquisitiveness.”

What an incredibly distorted view of laissez-faire, the great and
exhilarating idea of economic freedom — the wish to be left alone by
government. According to Chase, the problem with economic freedom is
that it is unpredictable. It can produce radical change and economic
instability overnight through new inventions. For example, the
invention of the automobile changed America from top to bottom in just a
few short years. Such unfettered change exasperated Chase. He wrote,

“It would be a jolly good thing to declare a moratorium on inventions
for at least a decade, and treat all inventors as dangerous lunatics,
with proper care and supervision. … One of the best hopes for securing
real progress in the future is to bottle up technical progress, and feed
it out with a measuring cup.”

Although Chase abhorred the radical changes that technology created
in a capitalist system, he had no objection to radical economic and
political upheaval through bloody revolution, concerning which he wrote,

“I believe it to have been necessary and inevitable in Russia. It
may some day be inevitable in this country. I am not seriously alarmed
by the sufferings of the creditor class, the troubles which the church
is bound to encounter, the restrictions on certain kinds of freedom
which must result, nor even by the bloodshed of the transition period.
A better economic order is worth a little bloodshed.”

Of course, in 1932, one could be still be giddy about the thought of
revolution as a welcome relief from liberal boredom. It is estimated
that Russia’s “better economic order” cost about 60 million lives. A
little bloodshed indeed! And then there was Pol Pot also seeking a
“better economic order.” Of course, we now have 60-plus years of
hindsight with which to evaluate Chase’s glib ideas which had such
enormous influence among the New Dealers. But Chase also realized that
there was a spiritual dimension that had to be addressed. He wrote,

“Finally, revolution can give what no other road promises to give so
directly and forcibly — a new religion. It will be based not on
rewards in the Hereafter, but on peace, goodwill and plenty on earth
today. … Great religious movements have usually been grounded in
collectivism, in the brotherhood of man, leaving laissez-faire, in the
last analysis, a cold and ferocious anti-Christ. … Western mankind is
thirsty for something in which to believe again. Red revolution is a
creed, dramatic, idealistic and, in the long run, constructive.”

What was Chase’s solution for America? A controlled economy. He
explains it in a chapter entitled, “Control from the Top”:

“The drive of collectivism leads toward control from the top. A
managed currency demands a board of managers; long-term government
budgeting demands expert technical supervision with special reference to
the income tax; a minimum wage law demands economists and statisticians
to set the minimums; the control of foreign investments demands a
competent authority on which investors and the public can rely. The
regulation of hours of labor, of minors in industry, the creation of a
scheme for unemployment insurance, an augmented public works program,
the control of domestic investment, indeed nearly every plank in our
platform leads directly to a conning tower or series of conning towers
which must see the nation steadily and see it whole.”

The New Deal gave us all of that, and LBJ’s Great Society expanded
federal control even further. Hillary and her gang wanted even more
federal expansion into a complete takeover of the health-care system.
They were stopped by their own arrogance and incompetence. The American
people would have probably accepted socialized medicine had it not been
shoved in their faces by the radical leftists on Hillary’s team. The
nation is now discussing federal payments for drug prescriptions. If
that isn’t socialism, what is?

Chase knew that his plans would encounter resistance. He wrote,

“Woe to Supreme Courts, antiquated rights of property, checks and
balances and democratic dogmas which stand in the path. We shall have
plenty of exhilaration on the road if we have the will and courage to
take it, even if it lacks the drama of red dictatorships and the
imperial eagles of the black.”

Chase was counting on “a million intelligent Americans” to bring
about the change by organizing in every community in the nation. He
writes, “The funny thing about it is that the groups are actually
beginning to form. … They are part of what H. G. Wells has called the
Open Conspiracy. Why should Russians have all the fun of remaking a

The gulag, of course, was great fun! That’s the kind of intellectual
lunacy that has brought America to its present state of federal control
over our lives. The liberals will not let up on their drive toward a
totally controlled society, despite the record of death and destruction
their socialist ideas have visited on millions of human beings across
the planet.

Resistance to all of this is growing by the day as more and more
Americans see socialist incrementalism threatening more and more of
their freedoms. In 1964, 26 million Americans voted for Goldwater
despite the heaviest media barrage in U.S. elective history. Today,
with the Internet providing freedom lovers with the means to reach
millions of their fellow citizens, there is more than just hope that the
drive toward total government can be stopped. All it really requires is
strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States. But it will
take an intelligent and alert minority of Americans to organize,
educate, and run for office to make things really happen.


Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of eight books on education, including “NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education” and “The Whole Language/OBE Fraud.” His books are available through or from the Paradigm Company, 208-322-4440.

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