Has Man a Future?

Has Man a Future?

Has Man a Future?

Has Man a Future?

Synopsis

"Man has been on this planet for one million years, and in that time has come a long way. He could achieve great things in the next million. What are his prospects if he can manage to survive the danger of universal destruction?" "After posing this question, Bertrand Russell examines this danger in its most urgent form: the development of nuclear weapons and the hypocrisy of official attitudes to them. He refutes the theory that the scientists have been indifferent to the problems - the willing tools of their governments." "As a solution to our dilemma, Russell not only sets out a reasoned scheme of world government, but goes on to show what first steps can in practice be taken now towards such a solution." "He closes with a moving affirmation of the human values that make survival worth while and force us to attempt to establish a stable world." "Long unavailable, the re-issue of this vital little book will be welcomed by all those concerned for the peace of the world and the removal of the nuclear threat." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

by Johan Galtung

The reader has in her hands a book by one of the foremost thinkers of the last century, the cursed century, the lost 20th century; a polyhistor, a renaissance genius, a man who tested the outer reaches of human thought, a prolific writer who broke with the tradition of philosophers: he tested what he stood for in practice, a man of highly direct action. He is speaking to us from England, one of the coldest and most ideological parties to the Cold War, from a deep freeze period in 1961. Of course, his message is coloured by time and space, by context, like all texts. But we also read him to liberate his message from the context, for its more universal content. As he says himself, some of his ideas are shortterm, others are - indeed - long-term.

The reader needs no guide to how to read this book. The argument flows easily, carried by his precise, elegant, at times biting, at times humorous and ingratiating prose.

I am writing this in Japan, the only country which has so far fallen victim to militarist nuclearism. The Japan Times (24 April 2001) contains a story that would have interested Russell: ‘Secret Story of UK H-bomb finally revealed’, in Lorna Arnold’s Britain and the H-bomb. The book is described as ‘the first officially sanctioned history of the “superbomb project’”, which does not add to its credibility. But one of the findings seems to be that ‘the four men . . .

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