THE NATION: A New Course

Wherever jet planes crisscross the skies, the U.S. is acknowledged to be strong. Wherever dollars go, it is acknowledged to be rich. No lucky by-blows of fortune, this strength and wealth are products of a national character. In recent decades, the national character has not been so plain as its products. That is why the U.S., more than it is understood, is feared for its strength and courted for its money.

All heads of state have a primary, supraconstitutional duty to express the national character so that foreigners and, even more importantly, the state's own citizens will understand it. Seldom...

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