The Great Solution, Magnissima Charta: Essay on Evolutionary and Constructive Pacifism

The Great Solution, Magnissima Charta: Essay on Evolutionary and Constructive Pacifism

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The Great Solution, Magnissima Charta: Essay on Evolutionary and Constructive Pacifism

The Great Solution, Magnissima Charta: Essay on Evolutionary and Constructive Pacifism

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Five years ago, in 1911, asked to write some lines on what I considered as the last stage to be passed through by the world to reach the era of international security, I drafted a rough sketch of a world charter. Even then others, anxious to help the peoples to evade the dreadful tragedy which they foresaw with a prophetic clearness and in which men, willy nilly, are now taking part, advocated reforms and suggested remedies intended to foil the endeavors of the mystic or selfish vindicators of might. Numerous and various were the propositions made, completing one another and showing the complexity of the problem and its multiple aspects. But they were not combined as a body of doctrine, and this failure perhaps explains their weakness and powerlessness in attacking the most irreducible forces in the world: routine, prejudice, tradition, the threefold and secular armor of those who have lived and are still living to the detriment of human collectivities.

They are now performing their deadly work, those profitsharers of social parasitism. They have cheered, extolled, provoked and led the great war, destined in their opinion to purify the world of all that is utopian and base. And now voices are clamoring, not one of which dares to applaud and glorify them. What these voices are asking for is to see the earth cleared of those wicked beings, nefarious praisers of murder, plunder and

1 The Existing Elements of a Constitution of the United States of the World, American Association for International Conciliation, No. 47.

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