Well, who doesn't have that dream? SuperWatto pointed out in a recent post my narcissism in framing human events within the context of my own lifespan. Call it a weakness, but it reminded me that I may be lucky enough to live to see August 9, 2045 celebrated as 100 years without a nuclear weapon used in warfare. Mark Twain is reputed to have said that if history does not actually repeat itself, it does rhyme. I first began thinking about that in the context of the great recession and Galbraith's book on the 1929 crash and the Great Depression, and his speculation about how and why investment bubbles repeat. The crash of 2008 and the Great Recession rhymed with 1929 and the Depression, and Galbraith speculates that it's the inevitable result of the end of first living memory and then institutional memory of what happened, freeing people to make mistakes similar or identical to those made by their predecessors. Can that analogy be extended to all kinds of human behavior? What kinds of memory do we have as a wall against repetition and rhyming? The living memory of everyone who witnessed the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts will soon be gone. Institutional memory persists. Many countries have ongoing nuclear weapons programs and nuclear strategies. We still benefit from second generation living memory of the people who developed weapons programs and policies at the height of the cold war. We hope that Mutually Assured Destruction is self-explanatory enough not to require a live demonstration, yet the people who developed it all had living memory of Nagasaki. Beyond living memory and institutional memory comes cultural memory. The Japanese will likely retain a cultural memory of Nagasaki and Hiroshima for generations. If cultural memory fades there is still academic memory retained by historians, although we can be confident about how little historians can do to prevent history from rhyming. Finally, when all else is gone, raw archaeological evidence will likely persist. So, if detonating a nuclear device is like forming an investment bubble, then the human race is in serious trouble. The question would be: what can we do to artificially extend the memory of Nagasaki as a preventive measure? In terms of small steps, I'd say we should try to turn the 100th anniversary of Nagasaki, provided we don't get a nuclear war between now and then, into a global celebration of a century of nuclear peace, and then promote it as an international holiday, with everyone on the planet getting a day off work. Nothing promotes institutional and cultural memory like a day off work. That's why people remember July 4 as the day George Washington was crowned king of America, and this could potentially be bigger than Christmas and New Year's Day combined. I'm going to work on living long enough to celebrate this international holiday, and start thinking about ways to promote this as a global holiday with participation from every country on the planet. So, the point of this thread is: 1. If anyone can think of any other great ways to prevent a nuclear war, please post them here, although I doubt you're going to come up with anything better than this. 2. We have three decades to turn this into a global labor holiday with 100% participation. Where do we start?