If bridge players ran the world….

December 5, 2009 at 7:36 am 2 comments

Written during World War Two.

Should Germany collapse this year, the democratic world will find itself less prepared for peace than it was for war….

It is truly tragic that while the campaigns of war are calculated in detail and far in advance, the most important campaign of all – the Battle of Peace – is to be conducted without any comprehensive master plan….

One need not be a prophet to see clearly the sinister shadows of coming events in the post-war period. the time-bombs are already being set to explode in future wards. Ostensibly, Democracy will ‘triumph’ everywhere, since the neo-feudalists everywhere will assume the protective coloration of a democratic front. But once the heavy blanket of this war has lifted, confused and violent struggles for power will be resumed by the political parties and ideologies within each of the democracies, weakening them; and among nations there will be no effective force other than nationalism – distilling, unchecked, the poisons of power-politics for future wars.

…The guests temporarily absent from the banquet table of the victors’ post-war settlement will soon return….The Balkans once more will seethe in their miniature but tragic whirlpools of internecine warfare.

Ely Culbertson in his Summary of the World Federation Plan an outline of a practical and detailed plan for world settlement


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It’s just odds…the answer sorry…

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. andrew webb  |  December 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    …why bridge players should refrain from politics?

    What does this mean “…neo-feudalists … will assume the protective coloration of a democratic front.”?

    • 2. cathychua  |  December 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm

      Andrew, I couldn’t think of a more relevant observation for our present period than the idea that we need a plan for peace. No kidding, Sherlock…but, of course, we never do.


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