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How We can Defend Ourselves Against Nuclear War

December 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

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ElaineScarryNotSmiling.CropElaine Scarry is Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value of Harvard University. Her book The Body in Pain was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She is an active committee member of Massachusetts Peace Action and the American Friends Service Committee.

Dr. Scarry’s talk will build from her recent book Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom and from her recent speaking engagements in Hiroshima. Sarah Gerard of the American Reader says, “It is a groundbreaking work on nuclear war that argues that the possibility for one man to obliterate millions of lives with a nuclear weapon contradicts not only the philosophical foundations underlying international law, but also the laws of consent on which our country was founded.”* Dr. Scarry explains the dangers and ill effects of nuclear weapons and radiation so that people understand the devastation that would result from an accident or attack and then she explores her be- lief that democracy and nuclear weapons are not compatible.

Metrowest Peace Action is a coalition of local peace groups that formed initially to protest the Iraq war. They continued the decade old vigil started by the Natick Peace Vigil and joined with other peace groups in Wayland, Sudbury, Holliston and Walpole. Please see their website at or send inquiries to

*Nuclear weapons have abolished democracy because one person pushes the button – a congressional declaration of war is impossible. The result is that Congress is infantilized and cannot do anything of consequence.

*She also points out that the second amendment called for the nation’s force to be distributed among all citizens, but nuclear weapons abolishes that.

For questions regarding the event, please contact Louise Coleman directly at 617-817-6706 or



December 13, 2016
7:00 pm
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