Previous to the war, all the Anglo-Saxon countries, who will have to keep pace with Germany, will have been forced to Ultra-Militarize themselves, for they will have to protect their mothers, their daughters, their wives, their houses, their all, against Belgium's terrible fate.
The Teuton doctrine that the interests of the individual should be entirely subservient to those of the State, could have no other effect than the obliteration of individuality. Germany has certainly amazed the world by the wonderful organization of her public services, not only in a military, but also in a financial and economie sense. But it may be asked whether it is not a significant coincidence that Germany lacks both diplomats and statesmen; a fact, which all Germany admits. After Bismarck Europe has not heard the voice of a strong individual man from Germany, excepting the Kaiser. He indeed absorbed the personality of every single man of merit in his surroundings. None but an extremely docile race would have allowed such a thing from such a man, who sent the famous Kruger telegram in 1896 but who, a few years later, refused to receive the exiled President and supplied the British war-office with a complete scheme for the overthrow of the Boer Army. None but a docile race, naturally inclined to abstract thought, could have been hypnotised by the abstract idea of "the State" as understood by Potsdam: the State in which patriotism becomes a cold system of philosophy,