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21 Int'l Conciliation 431 (1942-1943)
Typical Plans for Postwar World Peace

handle is hein.journals/intcon21 and id is 447 raw text is: TYPICAL PLANS FOR POSTWAR WORLD PEACE1
A thousand dipping oars can less avail
Than heaven's breath that fills one ragged sail.
Chinese proverb arranged by
Arthur Guiterman in Chips of Jade.
Destiny seems to hand to the American people the ultimate balance of
power and of resources in the world after the war.
What would you and I like to do with this power?
Once upon a time an American investigator died and went to heaven.
Before settling down he asked to be allowed to satisfy his curiosity by
visiting hell. He found a circle of hungry-looking, cadaverous individuals
around a banquet table spread with a great feast. Each man had a long
metal spoon strapped to the inside of his arm, like a splint, so that he
could not bend his elbow. No one could feed himself. There they sat,
hungry and disconsolate. On his return to heaven he found another de-
licious banquet spread, surrounded by a circle of well-fed and happy
people. Each man had the same kind of spoon, strapped in the same way.
Each was feeding his opposite neighbor.
In this parable you, the reader, are the investigator. The warring
peoples of Europe, Asia, and Africa are the hungry, cadaverous people
who have been starving themselves to death because of their unwilling-
ness to cooperate for peace and prosperity. The p~ople of the United
States would like to be among the well-fed and happy ones. They would
like to see other people happy, better fed, and more prosperous. They
believe this will happen if each nation will consent to aid its neighbors-
to feed them and in turn be fed by them. To bring this about, six kinds
of plans for preserving peace in the postwar world are before us. Their
study is our most important homework in the school of life.
i. The League Plan
The League of Nations group are men who for a lifetime have been
in key positions to observe what people will do and what they won't
do. Their conclusion is that the world debacle was due to four crucial
I Taken from the forthcoming volume by Otto Tod Mallery, Economic
Union and Durable Peace, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1943.

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