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- INTRODUCTION - I forget which great male thinker once said the only party worth living for was "the party of humanity". Or was it "dying for"? Something like that anyway. I'm better at "Remember your humanity and forget the rest". That was Bertrand Russell - unless of course it was Albert Einstein. But never mind who said those things. This essay is about why, when it comes to nuclear disarmament, they are true. It is a vile fact about the power struggles between the USA and the USSR that they are not confined to exchanges of military threats, or nuclear ravings, or other manoeuvres, between the two super-states and their allied subordinates. In fact, these conflicts have their essential home inside ordinary, largely powerless and "unimportant" people everywhere. Far . . .
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APPENDIX JOINT DECLARATION OF THE EUROPEAN PEACE MOVEMENTS Launched at a 250,000 CND rally, London, June 6th 1982 Considering that we, of this present generation, hold in trust the survival of civilisation, the prospects of future generations, and the fate of the earth itself. We accept our trusteeship. We dedicate our lives to the cause of peace. We reject altogether the use or preparation of nuclear weapons or of any weapons of mass extermination. We reject also the arguments of "deterrence" or of "balance" which justify these weapons and which delay disarmament. We have lost count of the weapons poised above our heads and we have lost interest in counting. We refuse them. We call upon our friends throughout the world, in East or W . . .
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