I tried first the method of reason: I compared the danger of nuclear weapons with the danger of the Black Death. Everybody said, 'How true,' and did nothing. I tried alerting a particular group, but though this had a limited success, it had little effect on the general public or Governments. I next tried the popular appeal of marches of large numbers. Everybody said, 'These marchers are a nuisance'. Then I tried methods of civil disobedience, but they, too, failed to succeed.... I am now engaged in a new attempt which consists of a mixed appeal to Governments and public.... But whether mankind will think itself worth preserving remains a doubtful question.
Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, v.3 chap. 3
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