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Thank Goodness Nukes Are So Expensive and Complicated

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Customers buying in bulk, such as militaries and large militias, can pay as little as $60 per rifle.

Moving up the curve, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) can wound or kill hundreds of people with a single explosion.

Landmine-type bombs cost $265 while $25,000 will get you a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden truck.

Every nuclear detonation releases a traceable radioactive signature, and Kim Jong-un worries he’ll take the blame if you use his nukes.

In this sense, the mass destruction cost curve is protective.

The diplomats, scientists, spies, and soldiers of the global non-proliferation regime do incredible work in preventing terrorists and greater numbers of countries from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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