Arms Can Bring No Security

Einstein, Albert
March 1950
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1950, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p71
The article focuses on the idea of achieving security through national armament that becomes a disastrous illusion in the U.S. It has been fostered by the fact that the U.S. succeeded first in producing an atomic bomb. The belief seemed to prevail that in the end it was possible to achieve decisive military superiority. The mechanistic, technical-military and psychological attitude had inevitable consequences. Every single act in foreign policy is being governed exclusively by one viewpoint. Radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibilities. The ghostlike character of this development lies in its apparently compulsory trend.


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