The hysterical fear over the atom bomb being experienced or at any rate expressed, by the public almost suggests that at last something really salutary has been invented. The fright at least gives the impression of a really effective bitter medicine. I can't help thinking: If this didn't have something good about it the philistines wouldn't be making an outcry.
But perhaps this too is a childish idea. Because really all I can mean is
that the bomb offers a prospect of the end, the destruction, of an
evil, - our disgusting soapy water science.... And certainly that's not an unpleasant thought, but who can say what would come after this destruction? The people making speeches
against producing the bomb are undoubtedly the scum of the intellectuals,
but even that does not prove beyond question that what they abominate is
to be welcomed...
From Culture and Value, p 48-9, 1946