"For all the avant-gardism, all the high-powered analytic techniques and “thinking outside the box,” Kahn’s work was fundamentally in the service of preserving the system, and without cynicism. In this, he was like most of the Cold War defense intellectuals. The attitude was: We are trained scientists. We’ve studied the situation with detachment and disinterestedness; we have taken nothing for granted, given no hostages to sentiment. And we conclude that the world as it is—in this case, a global rivalry between two nuclear powers in an escalating arms race—is acceptable (provided that the policy changes we recommend are adopted)."
Louis Menand at The New Yorker. Fat Man
Herman Kahn and the nuclear age.
It seems strange to knock down a paywall before putting one up, but The New Yorker is doing that for a few months. I suppose I will miss being able to link to the magazine. So it goes.