We [the United States] have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its…

“We [the United States] have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population… in this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment.  Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationship which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.  To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming… We should cease to talk about vague and—for the Far East—unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization.  The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.  The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”–Geroge Kennan, 1948

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