All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

The kingdom used to be robust and wealthy, the president used to be full of life and younger, and a convinced iteration was once accumulating its forces to check the hot Frontier. The chilly struggle was once good lower than means, but when you may simply, because the track went, "put a bit love on your heart," then "the international will be a greater place." The Peace Corps, conceived within the can-do spirit of the sixties, embodied America's lengthy pursuit of ethical management on a world scale. Traversing 4 a long time and 3 continents, this tale of the Peace Corps and the folks and politics in the back of it's a interesting examine American idealism at paintings amid the tough political realities of the second one half the 20 th century.

greater than the other entity, the Peace Corps broached an age-old trouble of U.S. overseas coverage: the right way to reconcile the imperatives and temptations of energy politics with the beliefs of freedom and self-determination for all countries. All you would like Is Love follows the fight to stability the tensions among those values from the Corps' first heady days less than Sargent Shriver and past to the wondering years of the Vietnam warfare, whilst the Peace Corps was once accused of being window dressing for imperialism. It follows the Peace Corps over the years whilst volunteering dropped off--and ultimately into its renewed recognition amid the frequent conviction that the Peace Corps preserves the nation's best traditions.

With brilliant tales from again volunteers of unique locations and daunting conditions, this can be an engrossing account of the successes and screw ups of this targeted governmental association, and of the geopolitics and private convictions that underpin it. in spite of everything, the query that's such a lot compelling is whether or not the Peace Corps such a lot helped the international locations that acquired its volunteers, or no matter if its larger provider used to be to the United States and its experience of nationwide identification and undertaking.

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82 The Peace Corps and its equivalents around the industrialized world were remarkable for the way in which they revealed a nearly global matrix of ideas, sentiments, and perceptions, giving insight into how ideology was shaped by experiences in common. Governments had their own reasons for encouraging this movement, of course, and the United States adopted it as entirely consistent with both its cold war strategy and its domestic political needs. But the youth volunteer movement also had deep roots in everyday culture, as reflected in its borrowings from two other important elements of popular ideology: the themes of love and youth.

Love and Youth in a Brave New World 25 Roosevelt tried to combine "realism" with "idealism" by giving the United Nations a Security Council. The council became the practical realization of Roosevelt's "Four Policemen" concept in which the great powers would have enforcement responsibilities in their regions. He also steered the way to maintaining a regional sphere of influence (an updated Monroe Doctrine) in Latin America. S. State Department, the universalist faction largely triumphed over forces that argued for a more regional emphasis.

The outcome of the act was, in a sense, irrelevant. The moment of bravery and uncynical commitment counted above all else. Or, as Camus said through the character of Dr. Rieux in The Plague) "All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. "63 The notion of the existential act was implicit in the Peace Corps, from the Kennedy and Shriver emphasis on the act of going ("you will be the personification of a special group of young Americans," I(ennedy told volunteers) to the organizational unwillingness to plan the volunteer assignment in detail lest such plans hamper the moment of epiphany in which individual meaning was realized.

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