The Century Of The Common Man By Henry Wallace

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Henry Wallace shared a similar vision of a future world peace and progression, but he opposed Luce’s methods in achieving it. Wallace was born in a town in rural Iowa and was deeply influenced by the culture. He admired the agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of community, both of which would influence his values later in life. After patenting a successful strain of corn that produced greater yield and resisted disease better than normal corn, Wallace built a large business where he learned valuable public service experience. He would go on to become the Secretary of Agriculture and eventually Vice President under Franklin Roosevelt. After Luce wrote “The American Century,” Wallace responded with a speech entitled “The Century of the…show more content…
They have learned and continue to learn the art of production and self-government. In contrast to Luce, Wallace questions America’s ranking at the top of the world by saying it is unfair to put certain nations so far below us. In some nations, widespread education had only happened decades before, and since then the countries’ industrial advancements have improved drastically. He explains, “Russia, for example, was changed from an illiterate to a literate nation within one generation and, in the process, Russia’s appreciation of freedom was enormously enhanced.” Wallace describes a world where “the freedom-loving people march,” where farmers, workers, and children all have their respective opportunity to flourish in society. But he goes on to say that where literacy is recently acquired, it is easy for a “demagogue” to “prostitute the mind of the common man to their own base ends.” This is probably in direct response to Luce’s position of exerting America’s ideas on developing countries. Wallace argues that the demagogue may take over the minds of the people, and lead them backward into slavery. He describes the demagogue as a “powerful genie who, when once let out of his bottle, refuses to obey anyone’s command. As long as his spell holds, he defies God Himself, and Satan is turned
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