The problem of disarmament goes to the roots of society. Military force has been the right arm of the nation-state; it is as yet difficult to discern the power bases that will replace it. The social investment that both Russia and America have in the cold war and the arms race is vast and mere policy decisions cannot change this fact. They can at best cap a lengthy process rendering that investment obsolete, a drag on society.
Weapons technology has already made a military establishment based on nuclear arms a danger rather than an aid to the defense of the state. A major war, deliberately staged, is inconceivable. Yet the arms race, if continued, can lead to a kind of neo-barbarism.
Disarmament—and we think of it as a ...
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