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Returning to the last decade of deep, thermonuclear anxiousness inaugurated within the early Fifties, the authors concentrate on 4 artistic intellectuals – Günther Anders, John H. Herz, Lewis Mumford and Bertrand Russell – whose paintings they reclaim lower than the label of ‘nuclear realism’. This booklet brings out an immense, oppositional and resolutely international strand of political proposal that mixes realist insights approximately nuclear guns with radical proposals for social and political transformation because the in simple terms break out from a profoundly endangered planet.

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10 Indeed, if nuclear realism had one common thread running through it, it was the empirical realization that an era had passed: European and international politics had been robbed of the balance of power that many realists had traditionally viewed as a socially regulated, but at the same time socially regulating, principle that, alongside a solid dose of pragmatism and wisdom, could be utilized to assuage recurring conflicts between great powers. This mechanism (a term that inadequately captures the deeply social character of the balance of power for most classical realists) was based on a basic presupposition concerning international politics: that the advent of war between great powers, in order to upset or restore the balance, constituted a politically and morally acceptable option.

Herz, Lewis Mumford and Bertrand Russell, we found a set of overlapping yet also often neglected ideas and analyses that offered many relevant insights, both through their strengths and weaknesses. In this book, we argue that their political thought is best grouped under the label of ‘nuclear realism’ – a term that captures both a conviction that liberal modernity could survive collective suicide only by radically rethinking and transforming its foundations and the pessimistic view that, while necessary, such change appeared a long way off in the immediate post-war decades, marked as they were by Cold War politics and, particularly in the West, a culture of economic growth, technological progress and modernization.

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