Federalism and Freedom; Or, Plan the Peace to Win the War

Federalism and Freedom; Or, Plan the Peace to Win the War

Federalism and Freedom; Or, Plan the Peace to Win the War

Federalism and Freedom; Or, Plan the Peace to Win the War

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'Unless there is a conjunction of political power and philosophic intelligence, my dear Glaucon, there can be no cessation of troubles for our States or for humanity. Nor until this happens, will this Constitution here expounded be put in practice.' 'Oh, Socrates,' said Glaucon, 'after hurling at us such a statement as that you must expect to be attacked by the whole army of intellectuals.' (Plato Republic , v. 473.)

DIVIDE OR DIE

IN the last chapter we considered 'the general application of Federalism to Europe; and, in this chapter we shall consider its special application to Germany, Great Britain, and Russia. Now, one home truth preached in the last chapter was that you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs-you cannot make a European omelette without breaking up the Great Powers. You cannot stop wars between 'Big-enders', like Prussian and Russian conquistadors for revolution against 'Little-enders' like British and French crusaders for evolution; nor can you make a peace between those Good Eggs the democratic Powers and those Bad Eggs the Dictatorship Powers, without breaking all of them as eggs. That is the First Law of our political Thermo-Dynamics. Our Second Law of Thermo-Dynamics, which will emerge from this chapter, is that you cannot unscramble eggs. Once that Great Power, Humpty Dumpty, has fallen off his wall of fortified frontiers, customs barriers, and passport offices, all the King's horses and all the King's men can't put him together again. The Power Egg, once broken up, becomes a Peace Egg; and whether it be made into a French omelette or British scrambled eggs is only a matter of time and taste.

Time and Tide wait for no man and must be made to work . . .

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