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. 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.