And you'd be amazed at the calculations that could run through a little Usedcarsalesman's mind on a subject like Global Thermonuclear War . He'd drive with his father to his office in D.C. and look at all the traffic and think, "there's no way all these people are going to be able to make it out of a city within 30 minutes of a launch alert." He'd watch stops of the Washington D.C. area metro being built and think, "hey guys, the subway tunnels are just going to collapse, come on we're talking 10 megatons, 200 times Hiroshima here!"
But strangely, life seemed to move on. There never were any sirens or a mad rush of millions from Washington D.C. to the safety of the countryside and many of the underground bomb-shelters closed. And apparently, it was a flaunting of the West's economic freedoms on TV screens that seemed to be the real, overriding "tip-of-the-spear," the one to apparently cause Soviet citizens to demand change in their governing system. Usedcarsalesman saw the Cold War end and terrorism emerge as the only "continuation of politics by other means" that the U.S. didn't seem to have a "lid" for.