"I'm lucky to have been in the last cohort of American children to grow up with the living fear of total nuclear annihilation."-Will Wilkinson
There's a lot to say about the larger issue in Wilkinson's post; we are all living in a time of partial internationalisms, which produce rhetorical and theoretical outcomes that are always schizophrenic and often tragic. (There's a class of politico out there that thinks the only way to show respect for the needs of Indonesian mill workers is to demonstrate total callousness towards unemployed Detroit factory workers, and that's cosmopolitanism!) But that's an issue for another day.
No, for this particular quote, I just want to say-- these children may not grow up in living fear of total nuclear annihilation, but they still grow up under the danger of total nuclear annihilation. There are still enough active nuclear weapons in the world to render much of it an apocalyptic wasteland. I'm glad that scenario feels farther off then it did when I was a child, but please. As long as the impediment to such a scenario is human discretion and human virtue, our ticket is close to being punched.