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The Virus of Nuclear Proliferation

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/12/virus-nuclear-proliferation

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I worked on an effort to get engineering professionals and academics , to agree to sign a pledge to refuse to participate in R and D related to ‘usable’ nuclear weapons. I was disturbed to find that most, including many self-identifying progressives, refused to sign the pledge . In some cases it was out of fear of job or funding loss, in others it was out of a sense that the pledge politicizes research , in others it was out of the notion that we need to protect ourselves from enemies. I was also disturbed to find that March-4-Science organizers refused to take a position on this matter. A reflection of how much more work we need to do to educate folk in STEM regarding social justice and responsibility.

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MC Escher’s perpetual staircase is an apt analogy.

Joining Trump in this Sisyphean journey is the lackey country of Canada,
which voted against the ban on nukes under orders from Washington –
another reason the world should keep Canada off the UN Security Council.