Posts Tagged ‘Calvin and Hobbes’

The crazy logic of nuclear deterrence

October 13, 2020

The Soviet Union has come and gone, but the crazy logic of nuclear deterrence lives on.

The threat of nuclear weapons is the ultimate threat, but it is a threat only a madman would carry out.

So for the threat to be convincing. you have to convince your opponent you are a madman.

The best way to convince your opponent you are a madman is to actually be a madman/

The second best way is to act so much like a  madman that nobody can be sure whether you are or not.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un come to mind in this respect.

The risk is that your act is too successful, and your opponent thinks he has no choice but to strike first.

We’re lucky.  Over nearly 70 years, this has not happened.  But it only has to happen once.

LINK

A Game of Nuclear Chicken With Russia and China by Micheal Klare for TomDispatch.

The arrogance of power

May 16, 2020

Opening the mail

October 24, 2017

I came across this on the naked capitalism web log and, like Lambert Strether, I’m not completely sure this is a genuine Bill Watterson cartoon.   But it sure captures how I feel when I open my afternoon mail.

Bill Watterson: a cartoonist’s advice

September 1, 2013

bill-wattersonClick on BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice for background on this tribute to the creator of Calvin and Hobbes by Gavin Aung Than of ZEN PENCILS.

Click on Calvin and Hobbes at Martijns for Bill Watterson’s 1990 commencement speech at Kenyon College.  The words in the cartoon above are taken from that speech.

Hat tip to Tim Carmody of kottke.org.