The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Gar Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland at College Park. His books on nuclear matters range from Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (1965) to The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995).
“All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last,” wrote the French novelist Marcel Proust. In 1945, our collective state of mind was despair. World War II touched every inhabitable continent, leaving more than 50 million dead and millions of others as refugees.