The Progressive talks to co-founder Gar Alperovitz about the lessons learned and not learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And why we should be worried that 56 percent of Americans still believe the use of nuclear weapons was justified, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
On the seventieth anniversary of the U.S. use of the atom bomb against Japan, Gar Alperovitz believes the most important lessons have not been learned.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, and August 9, 1945, respectively, “opened the way to entrusting frail human beings—indeed, one human being, whoever happens to be President—with the power to literally destroy the world,” he tells me. “Such trust is not warranted.”