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Democratic Switzerland is armed to the teeth, defensively. Europe’s democratic nineteenth and twentieth centuries were bloodier than its previous monarchical centuries because its peoples proved more bloody-minded than its kings had been. Contemporary European pacifism is evidence not of any inherent democratic penchant for peace but rather of the fact that democracy reflects the character of any demos and of its regime, and that today’s European peoples and regimes are pacifist. Alexander Hamilton summed up the matter in Federalist 6: “There have been .
Foreign policy, Secretary of State James G. Blaine (1881, 1889–92), did his best to follow in Seward’s and Adams’s footsteps. Not until the Spanish-American War of 1898 did any major American figure suggest that the Founders’ pursuit of the national interest through mutual noninterference might be flawed. S. foreign policy after the Spanish-American War was between those who, like Senator Albert Beveridge, wanted America to become a colonial power and those who, like Andrew Carnegie, did not. By 1905 the disagreement had become irrelevant, because experience in the Philippines had extinguished appetite for conquest.
To the casual observer, historic China is no more. But very close to the surface is a layer of five-thousand-year-old habits of obedience to authority, devotion to family, and a hunger for order and learning, codified by two thousand years of Confucianism. No Chinese cultural authority distinguishes between what is right by nature and by convention. Just below that is another facet of Chinese civilization that runs partly counter to the first’s tendency to limit the mind—namely, individual curiosity about new ideas and things.