Roads to the Future
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 30 Jan 1936, p. 209-220


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Roads to the Future


Man's ideas about the future and about the past. Now disillusioned and fearful of the chaotic conditions of the present, looking forward with desire and perhaps some measure of expectation to the future. Faith that the improvement will come gratuitously, but the future will be what we make it. What is practicable and attainable now. Mankind and civilization now in the most dangerous position it has ever faced, and why that is so. The need to recognize our responsibility to the future to stop war as an instrument of national policy. What can be done. Reverting to the attitude and the mood of the men who founded the League of Nations in Paris in 1919; looking for collective action and international agreement to stop all the waging of war by any individual country upon its own initiative for the furthering of its own ends, and to compel it to submit its case to the judgement of the nations, acting collectively. A look back at the creation of the League and its principle that war must not become the ultimate expression of national policy but that the keeping of the world peace was the collective responsibility of the nations of the world. The question as to whether or not this principle will be operative. Views on this question put forward to Canadian audiences. Arguments against the League. Comments on the controversy between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Results of the abolition of war in the economic world. The continuance of democratic government. The roads to the future clearly defined and readily available: collective peace from which two sequences will follow—an abatement of economic nationalism, making the resources of the world one under principles which are reasonable; a continuance of democratic government. Local application in Canada.