Endangered Species: Mass Violence and the Future of Humanity

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Political Science - 240 pages
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A former nuclear weapons designer, Stephen M. Younger understands, as few others can, humankind's potential for violence. He knows that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction means that any nation, group, or even individual could cause unimaginable carnage—and the accelerating pace of communications and transportation means that things can happen faster than we can think about them.

In Endangered Species, Younger peers into the heart of modern civilization to present a practical plan for ending mass violence, the scourge of our times and a threat to our survival as a species. Looking across our knowledge of psychology, history, politics, and technology, Younger presents a convincing argument that we can escape our spiral into global destruction. But we haven't a moment to lose.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION The Imperative for Change
1
Human Beings and the Societies We Live
17
How Technology and Culture Will Affect
79
What We Can Do to Prevent Mass Violence
137
EIGHT Economic Measures to Reduce the Probability
167
NINE Military Capability to Make and Keep the Peace
188
TEN The Necessity of Hope
206
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Stephen M. Younger is a senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He recently retired as a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was in charge of nuclear weapons research and development. From 2001 to 2004, he was director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense. He lives in Las Vegas.

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