WINSLOW MYERS – Which of these parallel universes of thought will prevail? Putin’s brutality, whatever its outcome, has only pointed up the stupidity and futility of violence and the perennial possibility of its opposite—a world that chooses survival, takes the risk of cooperation, and ensures a further stage in the unfolding human story.
STEPHEN F. COHEN – War With Russia?, like the biography of a living person, is a book without an end. The title is a warningâ€”akin to what the late Gore Vidal termed â€œa journalistic alert-systemâ€â€”not a prediction. Hence the question mark. I cannot foresee the future. The bookâ€™s overarching theme is informed by past and current facts, not by any political agenda, ideological commitment, or magical prescience. This article is adapted from the concluding section of Stephen F. Cohenâ€™s War With Russia? From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate, just published, in paperback and e-book, by Skyhorse Publishing.
ROBERT R. HOLT – In May 1946, The New York Times reported that Albert Einstein had sent a telegram appeal to several hundred prominent Americans, asking for contributions to a fund â€œto let the people know that a new type of thinking is essentialâ€ in the atomic age. Einstein wrote in his telegram: â€œThe unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.â€ It is clear from other statements made by Einstein that the new thinking he called for was to abandon competition and the preparation for war, and to focus instead on cooperation and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Einstein added that, to be successful, such changes presupposed the eventual creation of a world government.
DON HAZEN – We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here’s what we need to do.
WINSLOW MYERS – Because we are the wealthiest nation on the planet, we have the luxury of being proactive in ensuring our future security. But the path to that security looks very different from the way it did even a few years ago.
A primary example of our transformed security context is the realization that there is only one ocean of air surrounding the earth. Unless all nations make a concerted effort to convert to sources of clean energy, global mean temperatures will continue to rise and cause undesirable extremes of weather.