America Among the Nations

America Among the Nations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...irksome. The mysteries of sound finance and of carefully maintained public works are hardly less so. Not only do these requirements transcend their present intelligence, but in a sense they must always lack the sanction of their own experience, for some of these requirements are not their requirements at all, but requirements of the great world which has no option but to make the tropics take their place in a world scheme of things. The consent of the tropics must therefore always imply to a larger degree than in the temperate zone, an attitude of docility and submission rather than of intelligent appreciation. This attitude is readily enough secured, --is indeed characteristic of the tropics. It is of course capable of frightful abuse and perversion. It induces a submissive people to submit to the tyranny of the alien or of their own leaders. It rallies the docile around a Mahdi or an Aguinaldo as readily as around the most beneficent of governments. In this it is like all other human characteristics. If condemned because liable to abuse, no human virtue and no faculty will stand. Whether the tropics having once consented to such government as the conscience and the necessities of the larger world demand, can be depended on to be loyal to it thereafter is a question still at issue. Not a few fondly hope that once enlightened by experience of the benefits of civilized government and instructed in its management, the tropics will gladly maintain its necessary institutions. It is easy to believe that they will gladly will to do so. But the matter is not merely one of volition. Whether they will perceive the means necessary to that end and will to adopt irksome measures whose necessity is not very obvious, is not so clear. We are too apt to forget..show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592492
  • 9781236592491