The problem with nuclear weapons issues is not that the questions have been framed badly, the problem is that they have not been framed at all. Most book-length treatments of the subject have really only one thing in common: they have no agreed-upon methodology. There are no common pathways that we can follow to explore the topic, no common jumping-off points for debate. The subject, methodologically speaking, is a sprawling unmapped city.
Read a book on economics and almost certainly the author will talk about supply and demand, money, markets, capital investment, and other topics before moving on to areas where the author believes he or she has something new to offer. The subject is well mapped and there are agreed on points of controversy and agreed assumptions. You could think of people familiar with a subject as being like tour … Read More »