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Theodore Roosevelt: No nation can permanently retain any “social values” worth having unless it develops the warlike strength necessary for its own defence.

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Theodore Roosevelt asked by the American Sociological Association to provide a response at the American Sociological Congress, Washington, DC, December 1915 for the following question:

“How war and militarism affect such social values as the sense of the preciousness of human life; care for child welfare; the conservation of human resources; upper-class concern for the lot of the masses; interest in popular education; appreciation of truth-telling and truth-printing; respect for personality and regards for personal rights.”
American Sociological Association

Theodore Roosevelt’s response.

WARLIKE POWER – THE PREREQUISITE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF SOCIAL VALUES

In December last I was asked to address the American Sociological Congress on “the effect of war and militarism on social values.” In sending my answer I pointed out that infinitely the most important fact to remember in connection with the subject in question is that if an unscrupulous, warlike, and militaristic nation is not held in c…