Pluralistic: Underground Empire; The Lost Cause prologue part IV (10 Oct 2023)

Today’s links Underground Empire: Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman’s must-read account of “How America Weaponized the World Economy.” The Lost Cause prologue part IV: “Commies, agitators, traitors, and climate bed wetters.” Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Underground Empire (permalink) At the end of Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman’s new book Underground Empire, they cite the work of John Lewis Gaddis, “preeminent historian of the Cold War,” who dubbed that perilous period “The Long Peace”: Despite several harrowing near-misses, neither of the two hair-trigger, nuclear-tipped arsenals were ever loosed. When the Cold War ended, the world breathed a sigh of relief and set about refashioning itself, braiding together economic and social interdependencies that were supposed to make future war unthinkable. Nations that depend on one another couldn’t afford to go to war, because they couldn’t hurt the other without hurting themselves. The standard account of the Cold War’s “Long Peace” is that the game theorists who invented Mutually Assured Destruction set up a game where “the only way to win was not to play” (to quote the Matthew Broderick documentary War Games). The interdependency strategy of the post-Cold War, neoliberal, “flat” world was built on the same fundamentals: make war more costly than peace, victory worse than the status quo, and war would be over – if we wanted it. But Gaddis has a different idea. Any effect Mutually…Pluralistic: Underground Empire; The Lost Cause prologue part IV (10 Oct 2023)

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