Here's the passage from On The Road that inspired Day 41 in The Beat Handbook: 100 Days of Kerouactions:
Bottom line: It's not beyond the beat way to steal shit from time to time. I'm not advocating breaking the law, but if you have to steal some food or whatever from a mega-corporation to survive, I say go for it. Try not to hurt anyone in the process. This does not include stockholders. Fuck them.
In this instance, Sal (Jack) and Remi (real-life Henry Cru) are stealing food from the barracks they are supposedly guarding. Remi justifies it by saying, "'Paradise, I have told you several times what President Truman said, we must cut down on the cost of living.'"
Sorry for the profanity. Well, not really. It's a sign of my frustration with the economy and the rich bastards who are reinventing the American Dream - for themselves only. Steal from them? I have no problem with it. Turnabout is fair play.