I asked a friend of mine for a quote from a book he owned. This was the e-mail he gave me. It is good to note that the author of this quote was President Woodrow Wilsons (the federal reserve act)right hand man, and advisor to President Roosevelt (the new deal, social security). I have the quote and my friends comments left intact. Hope you enjoy.
The quote comes from the book “Philip Dru: Administrator” by Edward Mandell House (published in 1912). In this novel, House puts the sentence in question into the mouth of his protagonist Philip Dru, a man who essentially becomes a (supposed) benevolent dictator after succeeding in bringing about a military coup in the United States and overturning the U.S. Constitution by making his own national political policies as all dictators do.
The reference to Marxism appears in Chapter VI, “The Prophet Of A New Day.” Philip Dru is engaging in political debate with a man named Strawn prior to the revolution. Dru says: “You take it for granted that man must have in sight some material reward in order to bring forth the best there is within him. I believe that mankind is awakening to the fact that material compensation is far less to be desired than spiritual compensation. This feeling will grow, it is growing, and when it comes to full fruition, the world will find but little difficulty in attaining a certain measure of altruism. I agree with you that this much-to-be desired state of society cannot be altogether reached by laws, however drastic. Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx cannot be entirely brought about by a comprehensive system of state ownership and by the leveling of wealth. If that were done without a spiritual leavening, the result would be largely as you suggest.”
It’s important to note that Dru has implied that the basic idea of Marxism leads to a desirable state, but he feels that some adjustments (in the form of a “spiritual leavening”) need to be applied to the Marxist model to make it practicable. It’s no coincidence that what we see happening around us, although Socialistic, and Marxist on some levels, is not pure Marxism. We seem to be led down some semi-Red Socialistic path predicted by House.
In my copy of the book, I added this personal note in the margin where the above passage appears: “He never gives any detail about this spirituality! What is it? From where does it originate? Is Dru going to dictate religion to us as he does diet and funeral procedures? (pgs. 161, 211).”
I will add that I find it interesting that he used the term “spiritual leavening.” As you and I know, Marc, not all that is spiritual is good. People tend to equate the word spiritual with “of God”, but demons also operate as spiritual entities in a spiritual world. So, the word “spiritual” in “spiritual leavening” cannot automatically be assumed to mean something good. And what about that word “leavening”? In the Bible, “leaven” is sometimes used as a symbol for sin. I doubt that House meant to imply this “spiritual leavening” was some sort of demonic sin, because I kind of doubt he had that much insight into The Holy Bible. But it’s fun to entertain the thought that perhaps it was God who directed House’s words to further expose his evil agenda. Just a whimsical contemplation on my part. There are several odd and questionable phrases and ideas that show up in this book which are worth further speculation.
My copy of Philip Dru: Administrator has an appendix which includes a letter House wrote explaining his purpose for writing the book. At one point in the letter he writes: “For a long time it had seemed to me that our Government was too complicated in its machinery and that we had outgrown our Constitution. It has been by constant wonder that our people were willing to go along without protest with such an inefficient machine.” So, in short, House wrote the book in order to propose what American government would look like if some wise, benevolent dictator came along and overthrew it in order to reform it. Therefore, the words that the book’s protagonist Philip Dru speaks represent the ideas of its author Edward Mandell House.
By the way, although the book is very valuable because it exposes the treasonous thinking of this man who was a principal advisor to presidents Wilson and Roosevelt, and who was behind the forming of the League of Nations and the United Nations, as well as a player in the bringing about of The Federal Reserve, as a novel, “Philip Dru: Administrator” is probably the worst writing I’ve ever read. I mean, it is so poorly written that one can only struggle through it if he or she is truly interested in learning what treason this man’s mind contained. Which goes to show that House was actually as bad a writer as he was a thinker. Hope this helps.