Right up front, we would like to make some assertions about Proposition One.
- We believe all nuclear weapons should be eliminated.
- The people have the authority to begin this process.
Those that believe in the non-nuclear position are in the majority.
- This majority is, therefore, the most responsible party.
Each one of these four points is based on facts compiled by this Committee.
There is a common misconception that most people (here and abroad) believe in nuclear weapons due to national security considerations. The fact is that they do not. In fact, the primary reason for apparent support for nuclear weapons lies in economics -- fear that disarmament will mean joblessness, homelessness, hunger, and destabilization of the economy. This fear is addressed by Proposition One.
An important effect of nuclear disarmament through economic conversion will be the immediate diversion of multi-billions of dollars of resources from destructive ends, channeling those resources into addressing human needs, such as restoration of the environment, housing, health care, and education.
The domestic and international implications are staggering. The Proposition raises fundamental questions such as, "if we are in the majority, why do we still have nuclear arsenals?" At the heart of Proposition One is the answer to this question.