To raise a little bit of money and a deal more awareness for a project about Trident replacement, I’m going to fold one-thousand peace cranes. For someone with my limited patience and motor skills, this is going to be quite a challenge. Actually, it’s not just me, there are three – perhaps more – of us involved already. And you too can join the origami party: join the fold, so to speak. Hopefully, some people will sponsor us, others will fold cranes themselves, and still others will do both. And more. The project has a number of dimensions. First off, we’re going to publish a book about nuclear deterrence and mutually assured destruction, the philosophy and associated strategy behind the political decision to replace Trident. Stay with me, because this isn’t some dust dry academic tome, but neither is it the usual activist case against Trident: morally repugnant, ridiculously expensive, and strategically redundant. Well, to be honest, all that is there – it’s so glaringly obvious, how could it not be? But there’s more. Our book isn’t in any form you’d expect: it’s fictionalised account of a contemporary policy-maker’s travels in space and time; it’s an adventure; it’s amusing; it’s harrowing… We explore: the emotional aspects of deterrence, how it makes us feel; how UK defence policy is still shaped by nostalgia for empire-past; how the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power are intimately linked, joined at the wallet; how deterrence constrains our democratic potential. Before the book is published we’re going to have a M.A.D. cabaret night in Brighton (we’re booking acts now, so do get in touch asap). We’re also going to do something special with the – hopefully – many thousands of cranes that we’ve all folded by Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day… Watch this space as details of dates, times, events and other spaces emerge so that you can get really (un) M.A.D. with us.
One way or another, I've been going MAD for years. Stay tuned and I'll fill you in
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