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Which brings me, by a round turn, to the core of my contribution to this symposium. The roots of conflict are planted in the individual. The flowering of hope- if hope there be-will come from the individual. Man is a political animal, yes. Man is a gregarious animal, yes. He has need of social regulation if he is to grow to his full stature as a single person. But I affirm, with all possible emphasis, that the group, the society, the THE STRUGGLE FüR IDENTITY 33 nation, the supra-national body, must all be devoted to, and responsible to, the individual.

This is not, however, to deny the rational obligation of positive law to conform to naturallaw, both logical and empirically based on human nature and its fundamental demands. (6) In the early Twentieth Century it was held that a major cause of war was "the Merchants of Death," the armaments manufacturers. This commercial cause of war was probably exaggerated, although not negligible. " This may be worth further study. (7) It is now possible to revert to the more purely scientific considerations of power.

Often political science gains rnore frorn studying the structure of industry than of civil affairs; and, in industry, the technique ofthe round table conference, especially of the type where each participant is invited to have the irnagination to put hirnself in the shoes of the other, is a technique rnost definitely worthy of further research, with a view to its application in political affairs. The inadequacy of political agencies and sovereignties - with their accornpanying suppositions, legal and popular, which were developed in the Seventeenth Century as a protection of civil peace against, for exarnple, the greed of the French baronage- to operate effectively in the international and dernocratic systern of today, seekinginternational peace, rnay be patent but still requires reiterated and unqualified dernonstration.

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