Distinguished Senior Fellow in Political Science
Jeffrey Nyquist is a political analyst and writer concerned with the threat of global totalitarian dominance and the decline of the West. Nyquist specializes in the “sociology of knowledge with regard to mass destruction warfare.” He says that Western man has chosen to live in denial about weapons of mass destruction. To know history, says Nyquist, is to grasp man’s recurring self-destructive tendency. With nuclear weapons this tendency has new potential.
Nyquist’s interest in this subject became a passion while he was doing graduate work at the University of California at Irvine in 1988. Discovering resistance to any serious discussion of the nuclear threat by academics, Nyquist began to investigate what he calls “an all-pervasive culture of denial.” It isn’t just academics who won’t talk about the rock-bottom reality of power politics today. The entire culture seeks to distract and evade, at every turn. Today there is talk of nuclear disarmament. Even the United States government has become childish in the face of reality.
According to Nyquist, the Cold War was never fully understood because Western civilization had, with the advent of nuclear weapons, suffered an unprecedented psychological shock. Many were aware that great social changes began to occur after the Cold War grew into a thermonuclear standoff. Few suspected that the demoralization of the West was profoundly connected with a refusal to confront the bomb, and with a refusal to confront Communism.
In the Soviet bloc, says Nyquist, a different set of changes and transformations took place. These changes were also related to nuclear weapons. Not only did the Soviet government build blast shelters for the entire urban population during the 1960s and 70s, but sophisticated strategies were developed to exploit the psychological impact of nuclear weapons. Witnesses from inside the Soviet system brought news of these strategies to the West, yet few in the West could understand the importance of this information because nuclear war was regarded as unworthy of deep reflection. The Western mind reasoned as follows: If a nuclear war ever took place, then all would be lost. In that case there is no point talking about it.
In 1998 Nyquist published a book with the title Origins of the Fourth World War. The book was based on his research notes, gathered from 1987-98. In 1999 Nyquist began writing on the renewed threat from Russia and the growing threat from China. He has written over 750 articles and columns since 1999 for Internet newspapers and magazines such as Newsmax.com, SierraTimes.com, WorldNetDaily.com, and FinancialSense.com. He co-hosted a radio news program from 1999-2000, and continues to produce broadcasts for radio and the Internet.