The Next Lenin: On the Cusp of Truly Revolutionary Warfare

Only an oppressive police state could assure total government control over novel tools for mass destruction.

Issue: Spring 1997

When the Romans set out to annihilate Carthage they first had to lay
siege to the city and overcome its defenses. When Francisco Pizarro
led a small band of Spanish soldiers into Peru and destroyed Incan
society, he first had to prevail in fierce fighting. No more. A
century and a half into the Industrial Revolution, advances in
science and technology have reached the stage where leading
industrial nations can make weapons of mass destruction that are so
lethal relative to their size and weight that they can be used to
circumvent defenses--even in clandestine ways--for the purpose of
annihilating a country's society without first defeating its military

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