Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants, Publicists, Journalists, Poets, Business Men, Party Leaders and Soldiers

Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants, Publicists, Journalists, Poets, Business Men, Party Leaders and Soldiers

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Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants, Publicists, Journalists, Poets, Business Men, Party Leaders and Soldiers

Out of Their Own Mouths: Utterances of German Rulers, Statesmen, Savants, Publicists, Journalists, Poets, Business Men, Party Leaders and Soldiers

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Those who are not with us are 'against us. Never before in human history has the choice of Man and Nation been as sharply defined as it is today. The future of mankind depends upon this choice. There have been earlier crises out of which human fate proceeded in new directions; but the contestants in those conflicts understood only obscurely, if at all, the ultimate stakes for which they were fighting. We can plead no such ignorance. We know the issue, and whither it leads.

Those who are not with us are against us. On which side do we stand? As Americans, we assume that we stand for Civilization. That is our inheritance. What do we mean by Civilization? Surely not mere comforts, astonishing improvements in invention, or even the great discoveries of science which affect only the body and not the soul of man. We mean the recognition of. Justice, a keener sensitiveness to Mercy, an undying devotion to Liberty, a quickened conscience which makes us shrink from doing unto anyone that which we should not wish him to do to us. These are the ideals of Civilization and this is the spirit in which alone it can flourish. Erudition, though its books were piled higher than the Tower of Babel, does not constitute it; nor does ability to make great cannon, or chemicals, or military engines; much less is the proof of Civilization to be found in the power to convert millions of men into mere machines, unfree, shorn of humanizing emotions, abjectly obedient to the Will, however wicked, of the despot who owns them.

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