The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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AFFIRMATIVE DISCUSSION

NEUTRAL POLICY FOR AMERICA1

The United States can remain out of the next war if it wants to.

A new policy of neutrality is essential to insure its non-participation.

Such a policy needs to be written into law in peace time to facilitate the effective application of this policy in a period of crisis.

The United States can stay out of another war in Europe or Asia because of its geographical position. With 3000 miles or more of water between it and any potential enemy, its physical impregnability is admitted by even the hopeful of naval or military scaremongers. This position is, of course, vitally different from that of the nations closely jostled together in Europe or Asia, and perhaps places on the United States some responsibility not only for the maintenance of its own security but for cooperation in general security.

It is, of course, not impossible that in the future sporadic attacks might be launched against coastal cities in the United States by a foreign enemy. But such attacks could not be concerted or prolonged and should, if a reasonably efficient defense force is maintained, be easily repelled. The United States can, therefore, if it chooses, base its foreign policy on a program of complete isotation from a future war.

Such a policy, however, requires implementation in a set of specific rules which will become operative in time

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By Phillips Bradley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Amherst College. Springfield Daily Republican. May 10, 1935.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Contents 5
  • Summary of the Arguments 9
  • Bibliography 39
  • Definitions 71
  • General Discussion 77
  • Historical Development of the Law Of Neutrality 77
  • Legal Position of Neutrality 82
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 85
  • Position of American Neutrality During the World War 89
  • Covenant of the League of Nations And Neutrality 94
  • Neutrality Policy of August 1935 104
  • American Policy 105
  • New Proposals 109
  • Price of Neutrality 118
  • Brief Excerpts 126
  • Affirmative Discussion 145
  • Neutral Policy for America 145
  • Mandatory Neutrality 152
  • Contraband and Neutral Trade 156
  • Future of Neutrality 162
  • Safeguards to Neutrality 167
  • Dragging America into War 174
  • American Neutrality 178
  • Propaganda Balance Sheet 180
  • Brief Excerpts 182
  • Negative Discussion 205
  • Cost of Peace 205
  • World Chaos Once More 213
  • Neutrality and International Organization 219
  • Is Neutrality Consistent With International Cooperation? 226
  • Neutrality and Neutral Rights Following the Pact Of Paris 231
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 238
  • Our Foreign Policy with Respect To Neutrality 241
  • Economics of Neutrality 243
  • Brief Excerpts 245
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