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Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, is author most recently of Thinking in an Emergency.
With virtually no democratic oversight and over 6,500 missiles in the United States alone, the use of nuclear weapons is almost inevitable. So why is it so hard to think about nuclear war?
Elaine Scarry, Rachel Ablow
What differentiates the crimes of a terrorist, hacker, or non-state actor from those of a president who launches a nuclear weapon?
Elaine Scarry, Jonathan King, Bruce Ackerman, Kennette Benedict, Bruce Blair, Sissela Bok, Rosa Brooks, John Burroughs, Hugh Gusterson, Edward Markey, Jim McGovern, Zia Mian, William Perry
To be a nuclear-armed state is to invest the executive with dictatorial powers over immeasurable destructive capacity.
Elaine Scarry, Simon Waxman
President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into law, October 26, 2001 (White
What is the ethical power of literature?
Once eight countries have nuclear weapons, people everywhere on earth potentially ‘have’ them.
Why we must prosecute the Bush administration officials who sanctioned torture.
We have at the present time two government leaders, a president and a vice president, who
Why military honor matters.
Local governments are refusing to comply with the Patriot Act.
Which way will we turn?
Can democracy protect us against terrorism?
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Andrew J. Bacevich, Rajan Menon
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