March 11th, 2012

Memo PPS23 by George Kennan -or Why i Can't be a Citizen

",,,Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction...."

Memo PPS23 by George Kennan - Wikisource

Above is a short paragraph from a  long "secret" memo to the U.S. Department of State written in 1948 by one of our best and most respected diplomats.  It summarizes realpolitik, the default position of all powerful states  It raises the question as to whether there is any connection between, say, the Declaration of Independence and the state which was allegedly inspired by that declaration.  Or between the teachings of Jesus and a state and a country that pretends to be "Christian."  Being a human being should count for more than being the subject of a particular political system or government. It would appear that Mr. Kennan thought that i could not be both humane and patriotic at the same time, and seems to have assumed that his bosses within the State Department would understand his position and that many other people might not.  It would appear that our basic position has not changed in the ensuing sixty-four years.  Is any other government more humane than ours?  Probably not.  So please don't tell me to leave.