Posts Tagged ‘nuclear weapons’

Nuclear Anarchism Part 4: An Epilogue of Objections

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015   Submitted by Foo Quuxman

Nuke2When I wrote parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Nuclear Anarchism series I expected to receive many comments informing me that I was an idiot for even considering the concept of privately owned nuclear devices. Now that the arguing has died down, this fourth part will address the common objections raised by those responses, as well as any interesting or thoughtful ones.

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Nuclear Anarchism Part 2: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Private Nuclear Devices

Saturday, May 10th, 2014   Submitted by Foo Quuxman

LoveNukeIn Part 1 I showed that the arguments against private nuclear weapons (and nuclear devices in general) are faulty. I also intend to show that nuclear technology can be handled safely, without succumbing to the obsession of Safety Über Alles.

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Nuclear Anarchism Part 1: The Specter of Private Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, May 4th, 2014   Submitted by Foo Quuxman

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me” ~ John Galt

If you follow a gun control debate long enough eventually the anti-weapon side will bring up nuclear weapons as something that no one would ever support. This is usually at the end of a series of progressively more powerful weapons, challenging the pro-weapon side until they cave in. Then the anti-weapon side will argue the line in the sand back to progressively less powerful weapons. Usually the pro-weapon side caves when nuclear weapons are brought up, but if they don’t the anti-weapon people will simply say that the idea of a privately owned nuke is too ludicrous to bother arguing about. Better to simply ridicule it. Unfortunately private nuclear weapons is a concept so far outside the Overton window of the average person that this argument works.

I intend to show that the arguments deployed against private nuclear weapons are faulty, inconsistent, and ultimately based on pure fear. I focus on nuclear weapons, but these arguments could apply to most nuclear devices.

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