glyph 353: anglosphere, unifying factors, common conceptions ... Rudyard Kipling quotation: "Leave to live by no man's leave underneath the law"


Winston Churchill to the Youth of America

Harvard University, 6 September 1943

'... to the youth of America, as to the youth of all the Britains, I say "You cannot stop." There is no halting-place at this point. We have now reached a stage in the journey where there can be no pause. We must go on. It must be world anarchy or world order.

'Throughout all this ordeal and struggle which is characteristic of our age, you will find in the British Commonwealth and Empire good comrades to whom you are united by other ties besides those of State policy and public need. To a large extent, they are the ties of blood and history. Naturally I, a child of both worlds, am conscious of these.

'Law, language, literature - these are considerable factors. Common conceptions of what is right and decent, a marked regard for fair play, especially to the weak and poor, a stern sentiment of impartial justice, and above all the love of personal freedom, or as Kipling put it:

'"Leave to live by no man's leave underneath the law" — these are common conceptions on both-sides of the ocean among the English-speaking peoples. We hold to these conceptions as strongly as you do.

'We do not war primarily with races as such. Tyranny is our foe, whatever trappings or disguise it wears, whatever language it speaks, be it external or internal, we must forever be on our guard, ever mobilised, ever vigilant, always ready to spring at its throat. In all this, we march together. Not only do we march and strive shoulder to shoulder at this moment under the fire of the enemy on the fields of war or in the air, but also in those realms of thought which are consecrated to the rights and the dignity of man.'

Winston S. Churchill's "The Price of Greatness," speech at Harbard 6 September 1943:
The entire speech - text, and short newsreel: The Price of Greatness

The Churchill Centre:
September 29, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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