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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
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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.
The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism
The Political Economy of Human Rights:
By Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
The Washington Connection argues with devastating logic and overwhelming documentation that the purpose of US global policy is to make the world safe for exploitation by US corporate interests and that this has required and continues to require the installation and support of brutal military/police dictatorships throughout the Third World. It also requires an apologetic ideology which portrays all this as being in the highest interests of democracy and human rights.
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