Supremacy and Peace

Supremacy and Peace

Supremacy and Peace

Supremacy and Peace

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This book believes in absolute principle and is highly in favor of the idea that " 'Impossible' is only for the weak and those of little faith . . ."

To begin with, however, a few words about theories, including a definition. One reason for the writing of "Supremacy and Peace" is to carry forward, in the light of criticism and of further experience and thought, some of the ideas set forth in an earlier book of mine, The Cross, The Sword and The Dollar, published in 1951. Both of these books look for the right answers to questions with which we, as citizens of the American Republic, are faced in our time.

The present volume, as compared with its predecessor, seeks to establish a theory. The mission of this book is to consider the source and nature of sovereign power, to define moral force as well as physical energy and, in the process, to evolve a workable theory of the design and use of such elements in government.

In these pages, theory is taken to mean a proposed explanation of a phenomenon, an explanation of why and how the various elements of a system work together to accomplish one result instead of another. The proposed explanation must be verifiable by observation and experiment, but not necessarily reducible to a mathematical formula. Theories may be so called when they are only arbitrary assumptions, hypotheses without basis in fact, merely unsupported imaginings. This is a pitfall to be avoided carefully, if the development of a theory is to accomplish its aim.

It is sometimes by means of theories that men can be prepared for otherwise overwhelming eventualities, that man can avoid being caught unprepared in the face of actual conditions. Theories, whether they be obscure or obvious, well or . . .

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