This title presents Bertrand Russell's keen insights into the threat of nuclear conflict, and his argument that the only way to end this threat is to end war itself. Written at the height of the Cold War, this book offers an understanding of Russell's involvement in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and his passionate campaigning for peace. It remains significant in the modern nuclear world, and is should be useful for those interested in Russell and postwar history.
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12 April 2001
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Preface Introduction I. If Brinkmanship Continues II. If Nuclear War Comes III. Methods of Settling Disputes in the Nuclear Age IV. Programme of Steps towards Peace V. New Outlook Needed before Negotiations VI. Disarmament VII. Steps towards Conciliation VIII. Territorial Adjustments IX. Approach to an International Authority X. Some Necessary Changes in Outlook Appendix I Unilateral Disarmament Appendix II Inconsistency?
Reviews for Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare
Virtually the first words from the new administration in Washington declared their intent to proceed energetically with the National Missile Defense program, in the face of warnings even from their own intelligence agencies that this will greatly enhance threats to global and US security. The Clinton administration had already urged Russia to move to a US-style launch-on-warning strategy, truly bizarre, specialists warned, particularly because in light of the. <br> deterioriation of their control systems. Presidential directives continue to authorize first use even against non-nuclear states, and have extended nuclear capacities, which remain at the core of US strategic planning. Meanwhile proliferation proceeds in South Asia and the Middle East. In the face of such ominous threats, Bertrand Russell's eloquent and lucid analyses and warnings gain heightened significance, and should find a prominent place in the thinking of those who hope to reverse the seemingly inexorable drive towards self-destruction.. <br>-Noam Chomsky <br>