Hate is at flood tide in the world today, a hate born of the doctrine that man is arrayed against man in an irreconcilable conflict of classes. It is a hate more deep-rooted and terrible than that of international war.
The story of these pages is not intended to aggravate by ever so slight a degree this desperate malady of hate. Political principles and social theories must clash. It is one of the few inexorable necessities of man’s life on this planet that they should do so. But hate beclouds understanding and weakens whatever case is darkened by its unseeing passion.