We or They: Two Worlds in Conflict

We or They: Two Worlds in Conflict

We or They: Two Worlds in Conflict

We or They: Two Worlds in Conflict

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At bottom, no type of mind is so like the extreme Right as
the extreme Left.

--Albert Pauphilet (1915)

THE dilemma I have been attempting to expose by the "case method" is of course an old one in history. But never has it seemed so fatally presented as in our world of great industrialized nations, bound together by the intricacies of modern finance and commerce and forced into more and more intimate contact by the progress of science. A closely guarded frontier is no protection against shouted radio propaganda; the sky above any European capital can suddenly be darkened by aëroplanes which have set out without warning from hostile territory only an hour or so earlier; germs and poison gases can destroy masses of civilians if one man in a foreign state fancies to give the order. In the dictator's home realm, science furnishes him with as many tongues as there are pairs of ears to listen, and once he has won his way to power it makes him almost impregnable. No ancient or medieval despot could harness the opinion of his subjects and switch it about as he can; he knows that provided he is alert and decisive it can have no ex-

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