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Very few see beyond its power, wealth, youth, and size. However, it con­ceals strange vistas beneath the outward trappings of twentieth- century power. In political interest it outstrips Russia (which it resembles), more especially in political possibilities. Admit­tedly it is in a crude and raw-material stage. Even it struggles violently against its destiny—seeks to evade the logic of fact, racial and other. The Americans who, like Henry James, have abandoned the American scene altogether are the extreme exponents of this evasion.

They are very much more interested in the affairs of Asia than is any British empire-builder. Theirs is the spirit of the specta­tor: one who has paid a great deal for his seat and brought with him a profuse supply of rotten eggs and bouquets large and small. Except as a very privileged spectator, Americans really want to have nothing to do, more than they can help, with Europe. For all serious practical purposes America seems to have its back turned to Europe. It faces west: a permanent return to the lands overseas—the lands behind them—from which all Americans come, is impossible.

For I did not say that in everything these two nations resembled one another. That in so many respects they do is a paradox—so many, in fact, that in spite of their being poles apart in their attitude to the individual, it is curious how easy it is to think of them together. Both are very large and very dynamic countries, as Mr. Garvin wrote; both occupy a continuous land-bloc of very great extent. But you can go on from that to other profound similarities. Both have at the base of their system, as a political rationale, man's brotherhood.

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