If every country was allowed to have nuclear weapons, and built their own in large amounts (hypothetically), can we assume that the world will actually be more "peaceful" than it is now?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Definition of peace for this poll: the absence of war.

  • Yes; the reason for this actually relates to why we never had a nuclear war to begin with. If every country had nuclear weapons, then declaring war would result in MAD. Country leaders are rational enough to avoid war since it will only result in loss and not gain. More nuclear weapons would make the world safer, which solves the natural country desire for safety, with peace through deterrence and through the stability–instability paradox.

  • No; the reason for this is that it is the goal of every country to maintain security. In order to maintain security, a country must pursue power. If every country has nuclear weapons, then that compromises the ability to gain power and to have security. Thus, countries will make war in order to take away every other country's nuclear weapons. If everyone has nuclear weapons, no one does.

33% 3 votes
67% 6 votes
  • As long as the responsible world powers have more nukes than the unstable powers.

  • agree with the statement above

  • If every country had nuclear weapons, the world would be at equilibrium and then from that equilibrium nations would pursue even more dangerous weapons more vigorously in order to seize power. Such as anti-matter bombs, space rods/lasers, etc. And also, more powerful countries would likely resort to better defenses, thus MAD would be reduced, resulting in more risk to less well defended nations (as in shields and laser disarmament, etc.)

    Posted by: Shield
  • Hundreds of countries...one is bound to pull the trigger.

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bat9581 says2015-01-23T11:52:09.3343024-06:00
I think it's a very tricky decision and can see both sides. I will not vote.
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T11:52:28.8339274-06:00
Bat9581: Understandable.
jewsarescum says2015-01-23T11:53:35.4446464-06:00
Nukes should not be used to destroy nations but certain groups like jews, muslims, and communists. WE should threaten black equalists with nukes as well
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T12:05:28.3977355-06:00
Muttl200: One, Iraq doesn't have nuclear weapons. Two, I don't see us declaring war on North Korea. Three, we are talking about nuclear capacity equal to the ability to annihilate countries, and possible the world, for EACH country. That means we have more Russias, not more "Iraqs and North Koreas".
Muttl200 says2015-01-23T12:12:27.4859812-06:00
@Petersmith Your right. I misread that, and I also forgot to factor in the part where they had to build the nukes.
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T13:16:56.2846627-06:00
Muttl200: Where presuming they had the capacity. So not EVERY country will be a Russia, but China would be very similar, India, UK, France, Brazil, Pakistan (probably), Iran, South Africa, etc.
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T13:20:57.7043474-06:00
Muttl200: "Weaker" countries will still have nukes, just maybe a few hundred and not thousands.
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T13:28:28.1036993-06:00
I'm an advocate for the disarmament of nuclear weapons, but I think for a time no one would dare declare war on another country for the fear of destruction.
Shield says2015-01-23T17:13:29.0060533-06:00
The last country to disarm would hve the advantage and thus no country would completely disarm. MAD will never go away.
PetersSmith says2015-01-23T18:59:28.8738130-06:00
Shield: Or we could threaten MAD and just dominate with Caesar Augustus as our Lord >:D
Formerland1 says2015-01-25T18:32:18.7775208-06:00
The problem is that not all world powers have self preservation in mind .
PetersSmith says2015-01-25T18:33:40.0154360-06:00
Formerland1: When you said that I immediately thought of North Korea.

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