The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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cause the European powers wish to use the League purely for selfish interests.

Others point out that the neutrality proposals are admittedly temporary. In their view, if the League members succeed in restoring peace in Africa, and in particular, if France and Britain give some concrete evidence of their desire to meet the underlying needs of the "have not" countries, the attitude of the American Congress will change, and it will consent to a policy of discriminating against an aggressor.


PRICE OF NEUTRALITY9

A real price of neutrality is suppressing all feelings of sympathy, justice and righteousness about the behavior of other nations. This sounds more simple than it may be in practice. Those, for instance, who look upon the Soviet Union as the hope of the world might have to sit by quietly while she attempted without aid-- even economic aid--to resist a combined attack from imperialist powers. Complete non-intervention means not merely willingness to sit by and watch justice, democracy, or what you will, triumph without our help, but willingness to sit by and watch injustice, fascism or any other great menace, imaginary or real, have its way. You may talk yourself blue in the face against going to war because of its miseries and cruelties, its ultimate ineffectuality, without much effect upon a crowd that is already fighting mad. The way to combat one Royalty is to set another and more vigorous one against it. The mere ideal of neutrality is not stirring enough. There must be some line of action that will provide a substitute for the feelings that lead us to combat.

But this, of course, is only the beginning of the matter. Noble motives comprise the raw material of

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From article by George Soule, Editor, The New Republic. New Republic. 84:38-41. August 21, 1935.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Contents 5
  • Summary of the Arguments 9
  • Bibliography 39
  • Definitions 71
  • General Discussion 77
  • Historical Development of the Law Of Neutrality 77
  • Legal Position of Neutrality 82
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 85
  • Position of American Neutrality During the World War 89
  • Covenant of the League of Nations And Neutrality 94
  • Neutrality Policy of August 1935 104
  • American Policy 105
  • New Proposals 109
  • Price of Neutrality 118
  • Brief Excerpts 126
  • Affirmative Discussion 145
  • Neutral Policy for America 145
  • Mandatory Neutrality 152
  • Contraband and Neutral Trade 156
  • Future of Neutrality 162
  • Safeguards to Neutrality 167
  • Dragging America into War 174
  • American Neutrality 178
  • Propaganda Balance Sheet 180
  • Brief Excerpts 182
  • Negative Discussion 205
  • Cost of Peace 205
  • World Chaos Once More 213
  • Neutrality and International Organization 219
  • Is Neutrality Consistent With International Cooperation? 226
  • Neutrality and Neutral Rights Following the Pact Of Paris 231
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 238
  • Our Foreign Policy with Respect To Neutrality 241
  • Economics of Neutrality 243
  • Brief Excerpts 245
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