Report to the people on the state of mobilization
Friday, February 23, 1951
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Charles E. Wilson, Director of the Office of Defense Mobilization speaks from Washington, DC. He speaks on the progress of mobilization to defend America.
Wilson discusses peace through strength and reminds listeners that Americans must make sacrifices to build the strength of the nation to ensure freedom. He speaks positively of America, and contrast the American way of life to Korea and the Soviet Union.
He speaks of the strength of the American economy, based on manufacturing and commitment to technology.
Wilson states that the defense plan is to build strength in order to intimidate the Soviet Union, preventing attack. He gives many examples of the ideal production capacity. He goes on to discuss the sacrifices that will be made: higher taxes, price controls, etc. Despite this, Wilson reminds listeners that the government wants to displace people as little as possible.
He speaks specifically about types of manufacturing and materials use, such as aluminum. He also discusses frozen wages and price programs.
Finally, Wilson addresses some criticism his office has been getting, then says a brief prayer.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71601
Municipal archives id: LT1801