In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Fred Kaplan about the ever-present threat of nuclear war. They discuss the history of nuclear deterrence, U.S. first-strike policy, preventive war, limited nuclear war, tactical vs. strategic weapons, Trump’s beliefs about nuclear weapons, the details of command and control, and other topics.
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Awesome topic! Especially if Socialism is making a come back for younger generations to take up was a means for getting their voices heard without subjugation to Corp. and Gov. influence to silence them. Together WE are stronger. Check out this organization and website dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons.https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/abolish-nuclear-weapons
I am a member of Veterans For Peace and do not have enough support in my immediate area to be active in a group. But the webpage lists some sociologically relevant issues on the subject.
The MAD doctrine is pretty much inescapable.
The fact that the US has been blatantly obvious in how differently it treats countries with vs. countries without nukes has only hammered home this point.
NATO should write into policy that it does not consider nukes to be part of the military arsenal of any country, but instead just as some kind of civilian ego project like overpriced and unsafe nuclear reactors of hydroelectric dams.
And that all NATO members will answer any kind of military challenge to its members in a way that does not consider the existence of nukes at all, it might actually make global nuclear disarmament much more likely.