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Reason enough to hope : America and the world of the twenty-first century
Morrison, Philip.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1998]

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xv, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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In this blue-sky effort to rethink humanity's basic challenges, Philip Morrison and Kosta Tsipis - both scientists with expertise in arms control issues - sketch the broad outlines for a global approach to the problems of security and development. Their goal is to set priorities for feasible action, and their focus is threefold: war and particularly the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons, population and the promotion of increased levels of human well-being, and the threat of environmental degradation.

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Jerome Wiesner (JFK's science advisor, MIT president in the '70s) inspired this book and collaborated on it until his death in 1994. Retired MIT physicists Morrison and Tsipis continued the project, analyzing "what is possible within the broad objective constraints that delimit our options." The new century will be deeply affected, they argue, by "the near-coincidence of two major end points in human history . . . the invention and recent retreat of nuclear weapons, and the start of a steady decline in the rate of increase of the global population." To address this new situation's major perils (large-scale nuclear war; "the unmet daily needs of billions of people"; and global environmental degradation), Morrison and Tsipis sketch international approaches they dub Common Security and Common Development that would reduce total military expenditures and improve living standards in less-developed countries. Focusing on broad trends rather than year-to-year political battles, the authors offer a hopeful case that nations can learn to cope with the next century's challenges. --Mary Carroll

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