Why Do So Few Countries Have Nukes?





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Published on Jul 13, 2018

There are a lot of perspectives on this one, and in many ways we are lucky that it is so hard to separate one isotope of uranium from another because, if it were easier, we probably would have destroyed ourselves by now.

One thing I didn't hit on in this video is that there are some experts that argue that the world has experienced greater peace and prosperity because of nuclear weapons and that they have done more good than harm. That's a commonly held viewpoint...that the threat of nuclear weapons has prevented major powers from going to war with each other. This has maybe increased the rate of proxy wars, which has been bad for the Middle East, some of Africa, and a particular Asian Peninsula, but it's better, they say, than World War III.

What I want to remember, however, is that this isn't just something that was inevitable...so thank you to everyone who worked to create this more stable world. I hope we can maintain it.

Here's the quick interview I did with Jeffrey Lewis.

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