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SECURITY WITHOUT NUCLEAR DETERRENCE
By Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret'd)
Foreword by Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB MA
The nuclear-armed states and their allies cite deterrence as the primary justification for maintaining nuclear weapons. Its fallacies must therefore be exposed and alternatives offered if they are to be eliminated. As a former operator of British nuclear weapons, Commander Green chronicles the history, practical difficulties and dangerous contradictions of nuclear deterrence. He offers, instead, more credible, effective and responsible alternative strategies to deter aggression and achieve real security.
This is a most important contribution to the debate on a subject which is crucial to the survival of the human race, and it needs to be read with a degree of humility and with an open mind qualities not always apparent amongst our decision makers and their advisers. So vital an issue deserves nothing less.
Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB MA
From his new Foreword
The Spokesman 141
Edited by Tony Simpson
From the Editorial:
Whilst the United States and other countries continue to purchase - and use - vast quantities of 'conventional' weaponry, the extraordinary increases in spending on new technology occurred alongside the unleashing of a 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', powered by significant leaps in capability in computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, 'autonomous' vehicles and the rest. Ever greater sums are being spent on military and policing applications of the 'fruits' of this 'Revolution'. So much so, that the sociologist William I. Robinson identifies a trend towards what he terms 'militarised accumulation' as a 'major source of state-organised profit-making' ...
President Trump's declared intention to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty pitches the world towards new and more immanent dangers. The heightened tensions between the United States and Russia have been widely characterised as evidence of a new 'Cold War'. Michael Klare of the Arms Control Association worries that, in fact, the situation is much worse than this: we face a 'new global tinderbox', where the merest spark could see us engulfed in flames. We must all work to prevent such an outcome.
The Strange Affair of Man and His Technology
By Mike Cooley
By Mike Cooley
Delinquent Genius is simply brimming with insights. It traces the sources of technology and its application. It is, above all else, a brilliant account of a dangerous hubris which can lead to that which is instrumental becoming a source, a dangerous source of domination, of passive rather than active existence...
I believe the publication of this book must be seen as an invaluable contribution. What is particularly moving in it is that it takes all of these issues that have been raised in different fora, and in different ways and locates them in a biographical experience of a brilliant scholar. There is something immensely hopeful in this, the sheer power that comes from retaining ones early curiosity, harvesting it through scholarship, and delivering it for the benefit of mankind.
Michael D. Higgins
President of Ireland
Mike Cooley has an international reputation as an activist, engineer and academic. He received the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) for designing and promoting the theory and practice of human-centred, socially useful production. He was centrally involved in developing The Lucas Plan and has been a guest professor at universities throughout the world, debating and lecturing in German and English. His previous work, Architect or Bee?, has been translated into six languages, most recently Chinese.
From Liberal to Labour with Women's Suffrage
The story of Catherine Marshall
By Jo Vellacott
Catherine Marshall was a vital figure in the women's suffrage movement in Britain before the First World War. Using her remarkable political skills on behalf of the major non-militant organization, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, she built close connections with major suffragist politicians, leading some - in all three parties - to consider adopting a measure of women's enfranchisement as a party plank.
By 1913 Marshall was uniquely placed as a lobbyist, with inside information and sympathetic listeners in every party. Through her the dynamically reorganized NUWSS brought the women's suffrage issue to the fore of public awareness. It pushed the Labour Party to adopt a strong stand on women's suffrage and raised working-class consciousness, re-awakening a long-dormant demand for full adult enfranchisement. Had the general election due in 1915 taken place, NUWSS financial and organizational support for the Labour Party might well have been substantial enough to influence the final results.
Labour Party Secretary, Socialist International Chairman
by Morgan Phillips
Born in 1902 to a Welsh coalmining family, Morgan Phillips worked his way up within the Labour Party in Britain to become General Secretary. Nine months after his appointment, the Party won the 1945 General Election and formed its first ever majority government.
Six years of government were followed by a tumultuous decade in opposition. As Richard Crossman saw it, 'the Labour Party would have disintegrated during the years of dissension that followed Aneurin Bevan's resignation without the presence of Morgan Phillops in Transport House'.
Morgan Phillips' autobiography, published for the first time, describes the highs and the lows of the post-war Labour Party and his dealings not just with Nye Bevan but also with Clement Atlee, Herbert Morrison, Ernest Bevin and other leading figures of the movement. It also records his unique role in rebuilding the Socialist International, an organisation of which he became the first Chairman in 1951.
This posthumous publication will ensure that Morgan Phillips' contribution to the Labour Party and to democratic socialism will always be remembered.
Published by Spokesman for Labour Heritage
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