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Title Thermonuclear monarchy : choosing between democracy and doom / Elaine Scarry.
Author Scarry, Elaine.
Publication New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition First Edition.
Description 1 online resource (582 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In this incisive, masterfully argued new book, award-winning social theorist Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon--a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War--deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy. According to the Constitution, the decision to go to war requires rigorous testing by both Congress and the citizenry; when a leader can single-handedly decide to deploy a nuclear weapon, we live in a state of "thermonuclear monarchy," not democracy. The danger of nuclear weapons comes from potential accidents or acquisition by terrorists, hackers, or rogue countries. But the gravest danger comes from the mistaken idea that there exists some case compatible with legitimate governance.
Contents Part 1 The United States Constitution Outlaws Nuclear Weapons -- A Prelude and Summary 31 -- Chapter 1 The Constitution Requires a Congressional Declaration of War 37 -- Chapter 2 Nuclear Weapons Violate the Second Amendment Requirement for Authorization by the Citizenry 85 -- Part 2 The Social Contract Outlaws Nuclear Weapons -- A Prelude and Summary 145 -- Chapter 3 The Social Contract Is a Covenant for Peace 157 -- Chapter 4 The Social Contract and the Double Brakes on Injury 189 -- Part 3 Everyday Consent and Emergency Deliberation -- A Prelude and Summary 257 -- Chapter 5 Consent and the Body 267 -- Chapter 6 Thinking in an Emergency 314.
Note Print version record.
Subject Nuclear disarmament -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- Political aspects -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States.
Civil society -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Civil society. (OCoLC)fst00862876
Constitutional law. (OCoLC)fst00875797
Democracy. (OCoLC)fst00890077
Nuclear disarmament. (OCoLC)fst01039933
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy. (OCoLC)fst01040980
Nuclear weapons -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst01040988
Nuclear weapons -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01040990
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Scarry, Elaine. Thermonuclear monarchy. First Edition 9780393080087 (DLC) 2013037713 (OCoLC)783163686
ISBN 9780393089929 electronic bk.
0393089924 electronic bk.

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