From a Gentleman’s Viewpoint: The Nuclear Option – A History Lesson


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gentlemanBefore most of you were born, two great scientists wrote the two books featured in this post shown below. Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare by Bertrand Russell and No More War! by Linus Pauling appeared when a great crisis loomed at the uncertain horizon almost sixty years ago. Fortunately, reason prevailed and the warmongers during the cold war on both sides were diverted into other war games.img img_0002 img_0003 img_0004 Nobel prize winner (1950 Literature ) and eminent scientist, Sir Bertrand Russell  was an avowed socialist and wrote a great number of books which I believe were nearly all published by George Allen as well.

img_0001On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Linus Pauling the winner of two Nobel Prizes (1954 Chemistry, 1960 Peace Prize) was instrumental in the opt out of the US Government in sanctioning a nuclear first strike during the looming nuclear crisis at the time. His efforts were tremendous given the time constraints.

Here is a great PaulingBlog published by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center. This blog is a very comprehensive and thorough read and will probably inspire one to further their studies on Pauling!

Below is really a wonderful youtube video titled Conversations with History: Linus Pauling produced in 1983 at the University of California at Berkeley with interviewer Harry Kreisler and Linus Pauling discussing the role of scientists in the peace movement. At 41:54 in this video No More War is discussed.  Viewing the entire video will not disappoint! It is quite a treasure.

img_0005img_0007 img_0008 img_0006Because of Linus Pauling’s strong anti war stance the book was published in 1958 in the United Kingdom as well.

img_0009 img_0010 img_0011Never before had the world shared such a common vision as was evidenced from the 1955 Mainau Declaration (above).

One must wonder why in today’s ever complex political world we are still facing similar serious issues. After all the money spent on the aging corrupt United Nations Institution, one surely expected something far better from them. What a waste!

( books from our own private library)