Monthly Archives: June 2017

Linking INF to New Start: Whither Arms Control?

Two recent developments, both linked, on the arms control front are worth reflecting a little bit on. The thing that links them is the apparent Russian violation of the INF Treaty. Republican hawks in Congress seek to link renewal of … Continue reading

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Sarajevo

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, is a very nice place to visit and to which I hope to return. There’s a tendency for Western tourists to visit so that they can see some war porn, but that’s not why one … Continue reading

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CERN and the Crisis of Big Science

Dennis Overbye has a nice article on the LHC at CERN and the, so far failed, search for supersymmetry at the New York Times. One of the things that Overbye focuses on is what he calls the “nightmare” of the … Continue reading

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Logic and the Mechanisation of Reason

Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White, If A Then B: How the World Discovered Logic, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). This is a truly unique book. It is a history of logic, but it is not a normal history. Not … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of … Continue reading

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Future of Plutonium Pit Production at Los Alamos

Albuquerque is that place Bugs Bunny should’ve taken a left turn. Most of us know it as such but for those interested in nuclear weapons The Albuquerque Journal is always a must read rag. Where else can you get good … Continue reading

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Vardo and THAAD Radar Puts US Strategic Nuclear Planning in the Spotlight

The Vardo radar controversy, which has echoes of the Krasnoyarsk radar controversy of the 1980s, has a long history, stretching all the way back to the Clinton administration when the US was still party to the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty … Continue reading

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Together We Can Make a Better World: The Making of the Global Working Class.

Tonight I saw a great documentary, “The Factory,” by Rahul Roy on the struggles of Indian workers and communities against multinational corporations and the state that serves them. In this case the documentary revolves around the struggle of workers to … Continue reading

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North Korea and the Limitations of the Missile Technology Control Regime

The Missile Technology Control Regime is the international communities leading instrument for containing the proliferation of missile technologies. The situation regarding North Korea and Iran demonstrates its limitations, and those limitations ultimately derive from the fact that it is an … Continue reading

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Algebra and A General Theory of Logic

Michael Friedman’s Reconsidering Logical Positivism, which I have read before but recently got in the mail, is a very good and important book which argues, persuasively, that the dominant interpretation of logical positivism within the Anglo sphere is wrong. It’s … Continue reading

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