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Stigmatization by Ridicule: From Dr. Strangelove to Donald Trump

  • Rodger A. PayneEmail author
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Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Abstract

No nuclear-armed states or their closest allies have signed the Nuclear Ban Treaty. These states emphasize that nuclear weapons remain necessary for deterrence purposes, even as many of them also claim to support disarmament in the long run. This inconsistent approach creates an opportunity to stigmatize nuclear deterrence strategy via the use of public ridicule. The chapter examines numerous instances when academics and former policymakers, diplomats, and military leaders have ridiculed nuclear deterrence strategy and/or weapons deployments, often by identifying logical inconsistencies and paradoxes associated with various policies. The conclusion explains that U.S. President Donald Trump’s bellicose nuclear threats create ongoing opportunities for ridicule.

Keywords

International norms Political legitimacy Nuclear deterrence Nuclear disarmament Ridicule 

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  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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