When I was a child, I had a dream of the town siren urgently warbling at higher cycle speed than usual for tornadoes and fires, signifying we were under nuclear attack. Terrifying.
The subsequent decades have been worse than would have been a nuclear holocaust in 1962.
In fact, if a nuclear war had occurred in 1962 it is quite easy to imagine a far better world of 2024 – one much more in line with an extrapolation from the 1950s than one extrapolating from the 1960s.
Yes, I’m perfectly aware that the 1950s were far from Utopia, but at least in 1962, a demographic pulse called “The Baby Boom” had just started life and could have taken quite a beating. Indeed, given the urbanization and sexual degradation of subsequent decades along with “second demographic transition” (plummeting TFR coupled with exploding replacement immigration) we’re now in a position where post-holocaust America will face even worse existential risk due to the immigration of military aged men from around the world coupled with the corruption of the institutions upon whose shoulders power devolves.