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IN this last lecture I wish to do two things. First,
to repeat briefly the conclusions reached in earlier
lectures; second, to relate social and political doc-
trines to the individual ethics by which a man should
guide his personal life, and after the evils we have
recognized and the dangers that we have acknow-
ledged, to hold out nevertheless, as resulting from
our survey, certain high hopes for the not too
distant future of mankind, which I, for my part,
believe to be justified on a sober estimate of possi-

To begin with recapitulation. Broadly speaking, we
have distinguished two main purposes of social
activities: on the one hand, security and justice
require centralized governmental control, which
must extend to the creation of a world government
if it is to be effective. Progress, on the contrary,
requires the utmost scope forj>e^

The method of securing as much as possible of
both these aims is devolution. The world government
must leave national governments fr^e in everything
not involved in the prevention of war; mtional