Joseph C. Lincoln bibliography
posted January 2005

E. L. Harvey, Publicity Director

What a German Victory Would Mean
(Contributed by JOSEPH C. LINCOLN to the National Security League's campaign of Patriotism Through Education.)

    Victory for Germany in this war would mean a victory for Prussia and Prussian methods. It would mean that the doctrines of "Might is Right" and of "Frightfulness" had been vindicated. It would mean that it was not only justifiable but glorious to butcher unarmed old men and boys, to crucify women, to outrage little girls, to systematically loot and burn and destroy unresisting villages. Treaties, by such a victory, would be proven indeed only "scraps of paper" and Honor and Truth and Justice but foolish names. The gentle Christ in our churches would be replaced by an idol "made in Germany", a Prussian god, sporting an upturned mustache above a von Hindenburg jaw, and for his chosen motto not the Golden Rule, but "Deutschland iiber Alles". Liberty and Freedom would be "Verboten" to all but Germans—nay, to all but Prussians, and to all Prussians except those in uniform.
    A victory for Germany would mean a triumph for autocracy and military brutality and the downfall of democracy. The world after such a victory would no longer be a place in which a self-respecting human being, non-Prussian, would find life worth the living. And that is why the self-respecting, non-Prussianized nations of the world have banded together to declare that the abomination shall not be.

from the Washington State University library: collected 1-page statements by several apparently prominent people, issued by The National Security League, of New York, as part of its Patriotism through Education campaign.
authors: Prince and Princess Pierre Troubetzkoy, Arthur Train, Robert Herrick, Emerson Hough, Garret P. Serviss, Theodore Marburg, Stanley Washburn, George Gibbs, Gertrude Atherton, Arthuer Somers Roche, George Ade, Irving Bachellor, Albert Payson Terhune, James H. Collins, Joseph C. Lincoln, Cleveland Moffett, Frank H. Simonds, Thomas L. Masson, Caspar Whitney