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Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom

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During his impeachment proceedings, Richard Nixon boasted, “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone and in twenty-five minutes seventy million people will be dead.” In this incisive, masterfully argued new book, award-winning social theorist Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon—a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War—deeply violates our constitutional rights and is fundamentally at odds with the principles of social contract. When a leader can single-handedly decide to deploy a nuclear weapon, we live in a state of “thermonuclear monarchy,” not democracy. By reasserting our Constitution, we can abolish nuclear weapons, end thermonuclear monarchy, and secure the safety of foreign populations, home populations, and the earth itself. Scarry’s groundbreaking way of thinking will interest everyone alarmed about nuclear arms and the danger they pose to life on earth.

Synopsis:

From one of our leading social thinkers, a compelling case for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

About the Author

Elaine Scarry is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her book The Body in Pain was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393080087
Author:
Scarry, Elaine
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 illustrations
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies

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