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None of us who has been reared and nurtured in America can be wholly without the democratic instinct It is not a question with any of us of having it or not having it it is merely a question of trusting it or not trusting it For good or ill we suddenly find ourselves bound to an international situation The question practically reduces itself to this Do we mean to democratize the situation Are we going to trust our democracy or are we going to weakly imitate the policy of other governments which have never claimed a democratic basis The political code as well as the moral law has no meaning and becomes absolutely emptied of its contents if we take out of it all relation to the world and concrete cases and it is exactly in such a time as this that we discover what we really believe We may make a mistake in politics as well as in morals by forgetting that new conditions are ever demanding the evolution of a new morality along old lines but in larger measure Unless the present situation extends our nationalism into internationalism unless it has thrust forward our patriotism into humanitarianism we cannot meet it We must also remember that peace has come to mean a larger thing It is no longer merely absence of war but the unfolding of life processes which are making for a common development Peace is not merely something to hold congresses about and to discuss as an abstract dogma It has come to be a rising tide of moral feeling which is slowly engulfing all pride of conquest and making war impossible Under this new conception of peace it is perhaps natural that the first men to formulate it and give it international meaning should have been workingmen who have always realized however feebly and vaguely they may have expressed it that it is they who in
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