SOCIAL CRITICISM REVIEW

SELECTED READINGS

SPECIAL: THE THREAT OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THE CONTINUING ARMS RACE

Arms race speeding up again Still 15,000 nuclear warheads worldwide (2017)

Nuclear war by accident and misjudgment Strategic nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert (launch-on-warning)

" [T]he danger facing the world is that the superpowers have institutionalized a major nuclear showdown. They have built the most complex technological apparatus ever conceived, without thinking through its purpose or how to control it. The resulting conflict system is strongly reminiscent of the institutionalized conflict mechanisms of the early twentieth century. World War I was a war waiting to happen at any time in the decade before 1914. Remarkably enough, during the very time when the general staffs of Europe were working out the interlocking mobilization programs, a feeling of security and complacency dominated popular and elite opinion. Although the war was waiting to happen, the fact that it hadn't happened was taken as a sign that all was well. [Lulled into confidently projecting peace into the indefinite future, people] felt that no one would be so irrational as to initiate a major war. The abrupt suddenness of World War I surprised everyone, yet in retrospect, almost nothing else could have occurred, given the institutionalized mobilization plans and firepower developed in the preceding decade. "
- Paul Bracken, The Command and Control of Nuclear Forces (Yale UP, 1983).

Ballistic missile defense is counterproductive The false security of a technical quick fix

Biological weapons: the poor man's atom bomb

Cyber attack: a second Pearl Harbor? "The best strategist subdues his enemy without fighting." - Sun Tzu

Some experiences with nuclear war

International court prohibits the threat with nuclear weapons

Chances for pacifism?


War on terrorism

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