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You cannot make yourself an Englishman really by signing a paper. " It is legally and contractually the same thing: but I am speaking realistically. A is as valid an American as if your forebears had been with Washington at Valley Forge. That is what it took me a long time to under­stand. No man who merely regarded America as a convenient place of residence—"a boardinghouse"—good opportunity for business, and so forth, and took out papers as he would sign a lease, would ever become an American, in the proper sense.

But he is known in a military disguise, far from his habitat, under conditions calculated to bring out all that is most irritating in the American. The presence of great numbers of United States troops in England for so long a period, it is better to admit, has not been politically helpful. Such contacts rarely prove to be that, especially where one set of people is so much better supplied with cash than the other and is not exactly disposed to conceal the fact, or the less fortunate inclined to be philosophic regard­ing his economic inferiority.

All governments, it can be argued, of course, are power systems, and so they are; and "law" is legalized force. But these two vibrate with the dynamism of growth—they are the only places where our world is in that vibrant condition. ) In the case of the United States, its short history has been that of an aggressive body charging itself with more and more power, until one almost feels it lives for power alone. It is one immense power­house, to which has now been added atomic power. If you look at North America on the map of the world, you see a very uniform mass.

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