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"The Arrogance of Power" by Senator Fulbright

Joe Kristensen recommends The Arrogance of Power by Senator Fulbright (New York, Random House, Inc., 1966): "Auch wenn das Buch im politischen Umfeld vom Kalten Krieg, wesentlich von der Russland, China und Vietnam-Politik geprägt ist, hat das Werk aus dem Jahr 1966 an vielen Stellen eine fast gespenstische Aktualität. Hier ein paar Zitate:"

... a preemptive war in 'defense' of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend. (p. 154)

Law is the essential foundation of stability and order both within societies and in international relations. .... When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law; we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalcuable damage to our own long-term interests. (p. 96)

The United States, on the other hand, is the richest, most powerful, and generally most successful nation in the world, and everyone knows it. It is simply not necessary for us to go around forever proclaiming: 'I am the greatest!' The more one does that sort of thing, in fact, the more people doubt it .... (p. 222)

There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations in the world while its own domestic needs are neglected or postponed, just as there is something unseemly about an individual carrying all the burdens of the Community Chest and the PTA [Parent Teachers' Association] while his own children run wild and his household is in disarray. There is something fishy about this kind of behavior, something hidden and unhealthy. (p. 134)

Und zu guter Letzt, das berühmte:

"To criticize one's country is to do it a service and pay it a compliment. It is a service because it may spur the country to do better than it is doing; it is a compliment because it evidences a belief that the country can do better than it is doing. .... In a democracy dissent is an act of faith." (p. 25)


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