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Elaine Scarry

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.

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On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Hiroshima, it is increasingly clear that white supremacy sustains the U.S. nuclear arsenal, while the country's approach to nuclear weapons reinforces racism at home. 

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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?

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What differentiates the crimes of a terrorist, hacker, or non-state actor from those of a president who launches a nuclear weapon?

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To be a nuclear-armed state is to invest the executive with dictatorial powers over immeasurable destructive capacity.

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What is the ethical power of literature?

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Once eight countries have nuclear weapons, people everywhere on earth potentially ‘have’ them.

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Why we must prosecute the Bush administration officials who sanctioned torture.

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It is only by addressing torture through legal instruments—not simply through the electoral repudiation of bad policy—that the grave and widespread damage stands a chance of being repaired.

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Why military honor matters.

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Local governments are refusing to comply with the Patriot Act.

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The double requirement of the Constitution—that people’s lives be private and government actions be public—is turned inside out by the Patriot Act.

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Can democracy protect us against terrorism?

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Which way will we turn?

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