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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)

A Nation Needs Cement

A Nation Needs Cement.

The chaos that Mr. Hoover sees in the Orient, and fears in an independent Philippine State, could come to India if India were turned adrift as a “united” nation with no real control over its several parts. Nationhood means not only right; it also requires might; if not might in an external theatre, then at least sufficient internal strength to hold the several parts together and to make government effective internally. What page 10 Mr. Hoover is saying is, in effect, that independence is for those who can use it. Failure to use it is much more dangerous in a great Asiatic State than in an Archipelago. When an American President points the lesser evil, his teaching easily connotes the greater. It may be so read in Japan.