Friday, July 10, 2009

The nuclear option

My Friday column at the Center for a Stateless Society. Teaser:

Not only does the existence of nuclear weapons not constitute an argument against the stateless society, precisely the opposite is true: Only states or state-privileged organizations are likely to command the resources to build nukes, or to have any motive to do so. Only states or those attacking states have any incentive to use nukes as instruments of warfare.

"Private nukes" are not, and never have been, a serious threat except to the extent that the existence of the state makes them one. However, I can envision a scenario in which "private nukes" might contribute to the peaceful establishment of stateless societies ...

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