How to Avoid Nuclear War

Source: The American Conservative
by Tony Coniglio

“A major theory of history is that politics and culture follow weapons technology. During the era of cheap gunpowder and rifles, for example, when rebel groups could overthrow governments and small countries could resist larger ones, democracy and nationalism flourished. The development of the atomic bomb, Orwell predicted, would have the counterintuitive effect of preventing major wars. Since the atomic bomb ‘is a rare and costly object as difficult to produce as a battleship,’ its being possessed by a handful of great powers is ‘likelier to put an end to large-scale wars at the cost of prolonging indefinitely a ‘peace that is no peace.’’ Orwell’s basic prediction — that the atomic bomb would prevent major war — was correct. In time, however, building an atomic bomb became no longer a ‘rare and costly’ feat.” (11/17/22)