The American Road to World Peace

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we can be quite certain that they would have understood Woodrow Wilson's thought: Thomas G. Masaryk, the sage of CzechoSlovakia, and Max Huber, the sage of Switzerland.
CHAPTER 26: The Dilemma of the World Authority
THUS Woodrow Wilson never formulated what we may call the dilemma of the world authority--a kindred dilemma to that already set forth on the subject of democracy.The dilemma is as follows:
1. The interdependence of public affairs in the presentday world renders some form of world authority necessary in the interest of civilization.
2. Such a world authority must rest on a basis of popular consent, so as to safeguard the world against tyranny.
3. This calls for some sort of political community to provide such consent.
4. Such a community does not exist as yet in Europe-- much less in the rest of the World Island.
5. How then can a world authority be brought into existence?

CHAPTER 27: Peace and Liberty

LET us now look at the issues facing Woodrow Wilson from the point of view of our specific problem--the establishment of some sort of world authority.

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