The "navicert" on one side, the "magnetic mine" on the other, make all this palaver about 'neutrality', until "unendurable violence" comes, --seem foolish, except to the few to whom it brings profits because they planned it that way.

But the Act was a success. The President, master of political maneuver, regained control of his party,--and Lothian what he wanted. November 24, 1399


NOTES
(1)
Kenneth Burke in "a not altogether solemn dissertation" on the Embargo in Direction, November, 1939, indignantly sputtered, "Cash and carry",--"without the delicate little loopholes that make it too easy for the Anglophiles to extend the definition of 'cash', first to ninety-day credit, and then gradually to indefinite credit. . . . Don't get the idea, however, that a 'cash and carry' policy, even if carried out, would keep us from footing the bill. It is our function, as a province, to foot the bill--and we will.

"For one thing, we'll so gear our productive plant to the war's markets that we are subject to them, cash or no cash.

"For another thing, we can pile up all the gold in the world, like savages (my apologies to savages: I never heard of savages so idiotic)--and then, when the war is over, the gold myth will simply be abolished. The British will decree any new basis of currency they prefer, and we'll obey the decree . . . there'll be the Bigger and Better Dust Bowl. There'll be the ghastly increase in the rate at which the fertility of our soil is carried off by erosion. Long after the human blood has ceased to flow in the protection of the British Empire's booty, the blood of our soil will go on leaching, being sucked out by leeches. Who said ideas were weak? Why!--a few bad ideas on the nature of human purpose have proved strong enough to rip and tear and squander a continent, to throw its richness down the sewer, while millions skimp."

(2)
In 1929 while President Hoover was preparing for the London Naval Conference, items appeared in the newspapers that William B. Shearer had sued shipbuilding companies for unpaid fees for his services at the Geneva conference two years previously. That let a large cat out of the bag. Hoover, who was then seeking to limit naval auxiliaries as capital ships had been limited at the Washington conference, took advantage of the publicity to suggest that a Senate committee go "to the very bottom" of the business. The Beards, telling this story in "America in Midpassage", comment that, "All except freshmen in international politics knew very well that the British navalists had been hardnecked at Geneva, that the British government would never rip into British interests through a persistent and comprehensive parliamentary inquest, and that the revelations of a Washington inquiry would be confined to American operations. Yet if Hoover was not to be balked in his foreign policy, something had to be done to counter opposition at home." ( Beard, p 384)

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 5
  • Why This Book 11
  • What Fear Did 19
  • The Appeasers 27
  • Winning America Over 41
  • Presidential Progress 49
  • Toward War 61
  • Preaching Peace 69
  • 'Short of War' 77
  • 'All Out' 83
  • There'll Always Be an England 87
  • The Bulletins 95
  • War Propaganda 97
  • British Propaganda to Bring Into the Next War 102
  • Propaganda for War 104
  • British Propaganda 1939 108
  • British Propaganda 1939 113
  • British Propaganda and America's Foreign Policy 116
  • British Propaganda and America's Foreign Policy 118
  • British Propaganda Results 119
  • British Propaganda Results 120
  • British Propaganda: Progress Reports 121
  • British Propaganda: Progress Reports 122
  • Notes 125
  • British Propaganda in America: Improved Technique 126
  • Is There British Propaganda in America? 130
  • Is There British Propaganda in America? 131
  • Notes on a Moral War 137
  • The Dream of Cecil Rhodes 140
  • The Dream of Cecil Rhodes 143
  • Comments 146
  • Comments 151
  • Are We "The Best Informed People in the World"? 154
  • Are We "The Best Informed People in the World"? 155
  • Sources of Information for Americans 157
  • Sources of Information for Americans 160
  • Notes 162
  • More Books that Inform 162
  • Morality--International and Academic 163
  • Morality--International and Academic 164
  • Recent Responses 168
  • Recent Responses 171
  • Our Phoney Neutrality 172
  • 'War and Peace' Propaganda 175
  • 'War and Peace' Propaganda 178
  • Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions 181
  • Hell is Paved with Good Intentions 184
  • The Finnish Flare-Up 186
  • The Finnish Flare-Up 187
  • On All Fronts 191
  • On All Fronts 195
  • Blood, Oil, and Dollars 207
  • Blood, Oil, and Dollars 213
  • Our 'Neutral' Naval Expansion Belt 219
  • Coming Events Cast Their Shadow 231
  • Coming Events Cast Their Shadow 231
  • 100 British Propagandists in America 239
  • 100 British Propagandists in America 241
  • An Intimate Letter to Readers 242
  • An Intimate Letter to Readers 244
  • What War Has Brought to Canada 247
  • A Canadian View 251
  • A Canadian View 252
  • Embroiling the Neutrals 254
  • Embroiling the Neutrals 255
  • Strangling, Starving, Falsifying,--For Power 261
  • Strangling, Starving, Falsifying,--For Power 263
  • The Threat to Our 'Civil Liberties' 269
  • The Threat to Our 'Civil Liberties' 272
  • Notes 274
  • The Coming Red Drive 275
  • The Coming Red Drive 280
  • International Inanities 282
  • International Inanities 285
  • On to Dictatorship 289
  • On to Dictatorship 290
  • The Gold Menace 293
  • The Gold Menace 295
  • Our Friends Reply 298
  • Our Friends Reply 301
  • Our Secret Alliance with Great Britain 304
  • Our Secret Alliance with Great Britain 305
  • Finland's Debts and Credits 310
  • Finland's Debts and Credits 313
  • A Time to Be on Guard 316
  • A Time to Be on Guard 320
  • Objections Raised by Correspondents 323
  • Objections Raised by Correspondents 326
  • What the Last War Cost 328
  • How Much Shall We Waste on This War? 329
  • How Much Shall We Waste on This War? 333
  • What This War Will Cost Us 334
  • What This War Will Cost Us 336
  • A Four Billion Dollar Election Fund 338
  • A Four Billion Dollar Election Fund 339
  • For Whose Religion? 340
  • For Whose Religion? 342
  • Notes 344
  • Witch Hund Ahead 346
  • Will Britain Win Our Election? 347
  • Will Britain Win Our Election? 349
  • 100% (anglo-) American (imperialist) 350
  • 100% (Anglo-) American (Imperialist) 352
  • 40 Million Conscripts 356
  • 40 Million Conscripts 361
  • The Build-Up for Willkie 363
  • The Build-Up for Willkie 366
  • No More Millionaires 369
  • No More Millionaires 372
  • Is Willkie's White Black, as Painted? 377
  • Is Willkie's White Black, as Painted? 379
  • Doctoring the Monroe Doctrine 381
  • Doctoring the Monroe Doctrine 386
  • Conscription Is Opposed 391
  • Conscription Is Opposed 396
  • From Our Correspondents 399
  • From Our Correspondents 402
  • Quickstep to War 403
  • Quickstep to War 405
  • $500,000,000 for South America 408
  • Hull's Havana 'triumph' 410
  • Hull's Havana 'triumph' 411
  • Will the Draft Be Honored? 413
  • Will the Draft Be Honored? 415
  • Waiting for Willkie 418
  • Waiting for Willkie 421
  • Unity Through Conscription 422
  • Unity Through Conscription 425
  • The Tide Turns Against Conscription 425
  • The Tide Turns Against Conscription 426
  • Notes 431
  • 'Amortization Amelioration' 432
  • Notes 436
  • The President's Predicament 439
  • Conscripts or Volunteers 441
  • Conscripts or Volunteers 442
  • The Voter's Dilemma 444
  • The Voter's Dilemma 447
  • The President's Secrets 449
  • The President's Secrets 450
  • Protecting War Profits 455
  • Protecting War Profits 461
  • The 'Wealth Conscription' Hoax 464
  • The 'Wealth Conscription' Hoax 467
  • More and More Mysteries 469
  • Hell Bent for Election 471
  • Dictatorship Today 473
  • Dictatorship Today 476
  • In Hitler's Footsteps 489
  • Building A Loyal Opposition 497
  • Building a Loyal Opposition 512
  • The Opposition Speaks Up 515
  • The Opposition Speaks Up 520
  • Prodding Japan into War 523
  • Prodding Japan into War 525
  • How Come France Collapsed 535
  • How Come France Collapsed 545
  • Why Germany Wins 553
  • Why Germany Wins 564
  • The Road We Follow 572
  • The Road We Follow 582
  • Whose 'New Order'? 595
  • Whose 'New Order'? 609
  • Adjustment and Change 614
  • Adjustment and Change 615
  • Index 619
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