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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI all over again?

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rshowalter - 04:20pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1483 of 1490) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

We'd also have a clearer sense of how human beings are as social animals, and things we have to be proud of, and things we have to fear.

rshowalter - 04:31pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1484 of 1490) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

Psychwarfare, Casablanca -- and terror especially the first fifty entries (24 typed pages), discusses the nuclear terror as illustrated by Casablanca.

I personally believe that, if most english-reading Russians read this, and saw Casablanca , they'd have an easier time making peace with their own past, and going forward. And I also think that MANY Americans should be asked, if the basics here are true. If those basics are though to be untrue, they should be asked how they are untrue in detail.

I think nationals of other nations in the NATO alliance, and Japanese and Chinese nationals, might be interested, as well.

Better texts might well be constructable. But here is one to consider.

rshowalter - 04:32pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1485 of 1490) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

I think the Queen of England, and many members of the Privy Council, might be interested in the issues raised here, as well.

So might many clergymen, of all faiths.

lunarchick - 04:33pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1486 of 1490)

How does 'the man in the street', that is, how do American Women see the current actions and antics of their Government ... regarding the 'hunt' for a rogue state, the 'verbage', dialogue and sentiments of the 1950's. Has there been a Fifties Revival movement through America .. beat poets, juke boxes and berets, with Arthur Miller ?

lunarchick - 04:36pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1487 of 1490)

Do the clergy in the USA have 'influence' over the popular mind? The pulpit of the 18th and 19th century would have lit the bushfires of new ideas .. from whence do ideas that filter into the popular-mind come today, how developed, fanned and moved towards acceptance ?

rshowalter - 04:44pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1488 of 1490) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

I don't think the "man on the street" thinks about these things at all. The Fifties Revival movement is an interesting idea -- these horrors largely involve stories from the fifties.

There are a lot of literary people, who have wide influence on "the man in the street" who might be interested in these things.

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    I have a thought experiment. It is, without doubt, an impossible thing to suggest, but is useful to think about.

    It is something that the Queen of England, (who I'm using here as a sort of Patron Saint of the social graces) would know how to do well.

    Sometimes, in social situations, people find that they have to violate "unwritten" or "largely uncodified" rules in ways that would usually be thought dishonorable.

    For good reasons, well explained, they can go ahead and do it, and the act is not only tolerated, but often approved.

    Suppose a senior member of the Privy Council , or the United Nations , or a nation state, wished to raise an issue, definitely but politely, to very many of the nationals of another nation state.

    In the internet age we now live in, the technical means are at hand. The message could be sent, in the form of an apologetic, forthright "spam".

    Let me find a quote from Burgess Allison's book.

    rshowalter - 04:45pm Mar 25, 2001 EST (#1489 of 1490) Delete Message
    Robert Showalter

    The clergy in the United States have plenty of influence - perhaps as much influence as they ever did.

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