U.S.A.: The Permanent Revolution

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U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

T HE ART OF FOREIGN POLICY deals with essentially tragic materials: war; hard choices between evils, or between an inimical good and best; the special vanity and brutishness of human nature when it acts as a national crowd. History's bloodiest pages are its international pages; the ugliest passions of man are the daily coin of diplomacy. This is no art for amateurs, altruists, or even optimists. Democracies seem always at a special disadvantage in it.

Despite their native political talent, Americans have been awkward and unsuccessful in foreign policy since about 1917. This is not to say that our talent stops at the water's edge; nor is there much truth in Will Rogers' saying that the U.S. never lost a war or won a conference. Before 1917 our foreign policy was mainly successful and occasionally brilliant. Its problem was simpler. The world's policeman was the Navy of our cousin, Britain, with whom our quarrels after 1815 were trivial or sentimental. U.S. statesmen could and did push U.S. ideals

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • PART I. 1
  • I - THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE 3
  • II - THE AMERICAN PROPOSITION 31
  • III - THE AMERICAN SYSTEM 39
  • PART 2. 63
  • IV - THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM 65
  • V - THE U.S. LABOR MOVEMENT 89
  • VI - THE POLITICAL PARTIES 109
  • VII - THE BUSY, BUSY CITIZEN with a Note on A.A. 127
  • PART 3. 161
  • VIII - THE PROBLEMS OF FREE MEN with a Note on the Technological Revolution 163
  • IX - INDIVIDUALISM COMES OF AGE 188
  • X - HAVE WE ANY FRIENDS? 208
  • XI - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 230
  • Index 255
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