AUTHORITY WITH LIBERTY
Posted On July 13, 2018
Dr. Salazar, their Prime Minister, was the man who, in Portugal, succeeded in reconciling determined authority with individual liberty. He discerned in the depths of their national character, the middle course between revolution and order, between tradition and social reform. He said in a famous speech “We are not attracted by the mad rush of mechanism, nor by the colossal, the immense, the brutal strength, if the influence of the spirit does not touch them, consecrating them to the service of a life every day more beautiful, higher, and nobler. We want to make the land more productive but without suppressing the gay songs of the peasants. We are trying at all costs to preserve against the tide of materialism the simplicity of our life, the purity of our customs, the kindliness of our feelings, the equilibrium of our social relations.”
Let them consider, that, in our time, public opinion dominated international relations, and they would see how difficult was the work of diplomacy, to which belonged not only the establishment of contact between Governments, but the creation of an understanding between two peoples. This work was indeed most productive of peace and prosperity. Portuguese ideals were also British ideals.