A review of a generation of Anglo-American relationships and a consideration of the joint responsibility of the English-thinking peoples in the years to come after the war. The speaker's conviction that the spirit of freedom is unquenchable, and that no combination of powers will be able to rout it from the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States. Personal background and fundamental beliefs of the speaker. His attitude to things British. A review of events between the World Wars. An examination of the League of Nations and why it failed. The tragic years of mistakes between the Treaty of Versailles and the invasion of Poland. Succumbing to dangers of democracy: pacifism; the assumption that because we are capable of governing ourselves after a fashion and of respecting the rights of our neighbours, all men have the same desire and ability; the derogation of what we have done when the doing of it is over. The present and the future. The lease-lend bill and what it means to the war. Meeting joint responsibilities during the post-war years. An association to which all people who have shown themselves capable of self-government and who have a reasonably long record of international honesty would be admitted on an equal footing, to be set up as soon as peace is achieved. Avoiding the errors of the past: a re-examination of the fumbled years since the Armistice and the pitfalls into which we fell. Requisites for a future of peace and safety. The need for the English-speaking peoples to continue after the war to work in harmony for their common ideals.
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