Elaine Scarry


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Elaine Scarry born April 30, 1946. Harvard professor; author of Thermonuclear Monarchy, 2014.


Nuclear weapons are antithetical to the values of civil society because they wrestle power away from the people and place it in the hands of a few. If we have lost all say over what our military does, we have lost our civil stature.” (Amherst Student, Nov. 3, 2015)

With nuclear weapons, there is a clear solution. We need to get rid of nuclear weapons. We need to get rid of our own, which then gives us a moral basis for asking other countries to give them up, and to work hand-in-hand with all the countries that have been begging to have a world free of nuclear weapons.” (Sarah Gerard interview, The American Reader; photo Englishfasharvard)