In April and May, the Political Revolution Reading Group will read and discuss Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine. This 2017 memoir recounts Ellsberg’s experiences as a nuclear war planner for the RAND Corporation in the 1950s and 60s. Ellsberg reveals that US military strategy is and always has been, not deterrence, but maintenance of a nuclear first strike and first use capacity, and that it has used this capacity as a political weapon repeatedly since 1945. The result has been a series of near-doomsday events that Ellsberg describes, and in many of which he was personally involved, up to, including, and after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Our lives literally depend on being aware of these issues!
The book is 350 pages. We will read Part I for discussion on April 23, and Part II for discussion on May 28.
This event is sponsored by EDGE, SJPJC, Green Party of SCC