The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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any one who violates the "world law" must be dealt with as an outlaw, like Dillinger, draws an unfounded analogy between private law and public law, ignoring the sources and processes of both.


AMERICAN NEUTRALITY7

The logical deduction is not that the basis of neutrality legislation should be altered but that its detailed provisions should be tightened. The American public was persuaded last August that mandatory neutrality is the only neutrality which will protect this country against becoming involved in a major foreign war, and it has even more reason to believe so now.

All advocates of permissive neutrality under presidential discretion must not forget that, in the diaries of Colonel House and the autobiography of Secretary Lansing, there is now available a complete demonstration that such a burden of moral, political and economic choice is too heavy for any president to bear and leads straight to war. The public demand for mandatory and impartial neutrality is not based on theory; it is based on the bitterest experience in this nation's history--an experience kept fresh in memory by more than seventy thousand graves, by the defaults of the debtor Allies, by the economic prostration from which we are so slowly recovering.

Moreover, picayune as are our export interests in Italy and Ethiopia, there has already been sufficient anger displayed by business interests at the operations of the present mandatory legislation, and at the threat of its extension, to show that, should a major war find this country buttressed only with permissive neutrality, a profit-maddened commercial bloc would make the life of any administration intolerable until restrictions were

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Christian Century. 52:1479-80. November 20, 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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