With malice toward none; with charity for all
Editor’s Note.—This article was submitted in the Prize-Essay Contest, 1934.
In a recent address, Walter Lippmann stated:
There is no mistaking the conclusion that we are in one of the great revolutionary periods of history and that upon our generation and its successors the task is imposed of discovering a multitude of new relationships among the peoples of this planet.
Few thinking people will disagree with that statement. Fewer still will claim that existing relationships between peoples are generally harmonious or that they are even tending to become so. The magnanimous national spirit necessary for such harmonious relationships is noticeably absent in most countries. Disarmament and economic conferences fail, the League of Nations is unmistakably breaking up and the Washington and London naval treaties seem destined to expire without renewal at the end of 1936. We are in a period, which we can all well hope is comparatively transitory, when each nation is "looking out for number one."