Cayce On American Politics
The Leaven Of The World
Cayces eye on American domestic politics was just as good as his stunning accuracy about the economy, though he often veiled his predictions and statements to avoid making judgmental remarks or clairvoyant statements which misched in the affairs of individuals or organizations. Cayce refused to allow his readings to be used to give one group or party an advantage over another and in the highly polarized days of the 1930s it took some oblique ways of talking to avoid giving such an appearance.
A great deal of his commentary took the form of sermons or astute counseling as opposed to making specific predictions. In contrast to the questions and predictions about the impersonal economic predictions, many of the political issues were intrinsically personal, about personalities and specific groups or their policies. Cayce used his own God Game principles in making predictions about them, discretely using veiling to avoid overt criticism of specific people and sometimes simply refusing to answer a question which he thought was of no practical value of which exceeded the boundaries of discretion and ethics. He took considerable care to be constructive, to give no undue advantage to any faction, and to avoid interference in human free will, all of which lead him to refuse to specify the outcome of elections and certain other kinds of events. But even so, occasionally "attitude" about peoples behaviors and various events would seep through the veil.
Most of Cayces domestic political predictions and commentary were connected to the recovery and reform measures with which Americans attempted to overcome Mellons Great Depression. Cayce predicted in August 1933 that the New Deal programs would succeed in creating an economic recovery from the depression. In November 1933 he predicted successfully that the principles of Roosevelts New Deal programs would become part of the permanent structure of the U.S. even though many of the specific acts and procedures would have to be changed, as indeed was later made necessary by reactionary Supreme Court decisions in 1935 and 1936. In January 1934 Cayce predicted that the Roosevelt program would go on to create a long period of growth with exceptional results in some sectors, allowing us to conclude that Cayce, or his source, was more akin to Keynesian liberalism than the ideological extremists of laissez faire capitalism. Cayce made several more successful predictions from 1935 through to 1943 about the implementation of various government programs and policies.
In the later part of 1935 and early 1936, Cayce warned several times that Roosevelts re-election could be in doubt unless he successfully managed leadership issues and overhauled some of his approaches in the New Deal programs. This advice I could not rate as predictive, but it demonstrates clearly that Cayce was in tune with the controversies of the era. The moneyed class made a concerted effort to undermine Roosevelt in every conceivable way. Cayce was definitely scornful of these efforts, though veiled. He expressed his scorn for the most part through the God Game sermons but in a couple of instances I detected "attitude" being directed towards certain targets. Cayce also twice predicted that Roosevelt would live through his terms.
Some of Cayces clients were ultra-conservative and no doubt they sometimes endured considerable stress in overcoming their ideological biases when attempting to read Cayces readings. Some of the "conservative questions" displayed a concern about radicalism and socialism. Cayce side-stepped ideological issues, always exclaiming against thinking in terms of "isms" and "schisms", but he predicted in early 1934 that government reform of business in general would become "less radical" than the landmark New Deal measures of 1933, which was reasonably correct in general terms. In March 1935 Cayce predicted that there was little to fear from the radical left or right wing during the thirties, that national radical figures like Huey Long, Father Coughlin and Dr. Townsend would come to nothing. In August 1935 he again predicted about radicalism that "there is not a likelihood of its gaining much greater foothold than indicated in the present".
But in October 1937, Cayce began to strongly warn about the need to accommodate organized labor: "If there is the uniting of the purposes and THEN there are not those in authority or in power that are able to make for the considerations of the conditions of all, strife and turmoil, internal troubles, may be expected". Cayce sermonized extensively in this and other readings about the necessity to give organized labor a place in governance and corporate decision-making.
Cayce warned once more in June 1939 that the country still faced the possibility of a calamitous breakdown as a result of strife between capital and labor. All must be accommodated, Cayce preached in his God Game, and America was still falling too short of what was needed for the long term: "unless there is, then, a more universal oneness of purpose on the part of all, this will one day bring - here - in America revolution".
Near the end of 1941, Cayce again warned that the accommodation of labor was still a serious problem: "These, as we have so long indicated, are the serious problems in this country. So long as there is not a UNITED labor, there may be dealings with same. The greater troubles to be expected are those that MIGHT arise from a united labor against capital".
In many ways this advice was astutely well aimed. The most significant domestic issue after World War II during the 1950s was the accommodation of the labor movement. As a result of the successful conclusion of several industry-wide strikes, enough accommodation was created and the unions became less radical and far less threatening. By 1960, racism was already eclipsing the labor issues.
Despite the lack of specificity in many of the political statements, I was able to qualify 15 predictions with which Cayce had a 100% rate of accuracy. These are presented in the mosaic which follows, along with Cayces clearest "advice" statements.
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