“The Logic of Strategic Inhumanity and the Cost of Publicism”, Ondřej Ditrych (IIR, Czech Republic)

In the new essay for New Perspectives, Ondrej Ditrych discusses the argument of Matthew Kroenig’s The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy. Author finds it elegant, persuasive while inscribed with “a logic of strategic inhumanity desensitizing the reading public to the terror of issuing more or less concealed threats to obliterate entire nations and destroy the living environment for millions of years, and instead passing off such politics of terror as legitimate statecraft.” The essay also offers a broader reflection on the dilemmas of scholars entering the policy domain as authors of truth, logic and critique and adopting a position closer to either παρρησíα (parrhesia, frank speech) or – classically understood – rhetoric.

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