America and Cosmic Man by Wyndham Lewis

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The reality is Power. Power—an even worse abuse—so obvi­ously in the Russian system has come to occupy the place vacated by Class. The purely logical object of a Two-Party system, I have said, is to reach a compromise between two extremely opposite interests. The purpose of all government being peace—there is no other possible object, since for a permanent state of war no government would be necessary—compromise is the object of Party. But true, irreconcilable, polar opposites know no com­promise.

To Shintoism, or any State-cult, it is not inferior in quality. And the present condition of the planet does not weaken it, but quite the reverse. Without running too great a risk of confutation, the Ameri­can might claim that in his case "citizenship" exists, theoreti­cally, upon a more intelligent plane than that of older models. The man of these new lands is traditionally suspicious of anything too rooted. Living as he does in a country that is too big for him, he tends to rocket about in it as a foot does in a shoe that is too large.

So the actual political and social core of his life is in absolute contrast to the Russian. For I did not say that in everything these two nations resembled one another. That in so many respects they do is a paradox—so many, in fact, that in spite of their being poles apart in their attitude to the individual, it is curious how easy it is to think of them together. Both are very large and very dynamic countries, as Mr. Garvin wrote; both occupy a continuous land-bloc of very great extent. But you can go on from that to other profound similarities.

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