Nuclear deterrence: hardest argument in the world to refute

THE DEPROLIFERATOR — Whether from the mouths of foreign-policy professionals or members of the public, we’re all familiar with this refrain: “Sure, it would be nice to get rid of nuclear weapons. But deterrence has kept us safe for 50 years. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

Or as the authors of a recent article in Strategic Studies Quarterly write (quoting another author): “The web of social and political life is spun out of inclinations and incentives, deterrent threats and punishments.” Take away the latter two and international society depends entirely on the former — a utopian thought impractical “this side of Eden.” Continue reading

Easter Duck

by Terry Hargrove

When we were kids, one of the things we looked forward to every Easter was the chicken wire pen in the basement of Kuhn’s Five and Dime. For a quarter, you could buy a blue, red or purple baby chicken. Easter Chicks was stenciled above the cage, and we were suckers for them every year. My older sisters would give the Easter Chicks grandiose names pulled from great literature they were supposed to be reading in high school, and we’d sneak them into the house after supper. Those were happy times. Not for us or the Easter Chicks, but for the neighborhood cats. Continue reading