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Newest Weapons / Oldest Psychology

The Dialectics of American Nuclear Strategy


Prof. Ron Hirschbein

The author contends that the men who possess the newest weapons are possessed by the oldest psychology - group psychology. This ancient, irresistible force shapes and colors American strategy. However the strategic decision-makers' collective mentality cannot be reduced to a seamless whole because it is the product of opposing forces: rational, bureaucratic imperatives designed to assure the continuity of the Nuclear Elite; and irrational, technological messianism informed by visions of an American millennium.
Contents: Examines the conflict between the bureaucratic mentality and the messianic enthusiasm that besets the minds and the organizations of men who manage apocalyptic weapons.