Horse Grinder

Foreign Policy and Human Rights

by Nash Turley on November 3

I am now making vlog-style videos on youtube as a new way to spread our social and political messages. Check out my first video below that discusses the implications of a quote from an influential foreign policy planner post-WWII.

Here is the full quote by George Kennan I read in the video:

“Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 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 relationships, which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity… To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives…We should cease to talk about vague…unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the 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 hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”

Please leave any comments here or on youtube if you have any thoughts.