It’s wrong to make promises you don’t intend to keep, right?
This tenet of common morality is the basic premise behind “Chekhov’s Gun,” a fundamental concept of storytelling made famous by the prolific Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov.
But this rule goes way beyond the page and stage – think geopolitics, technological advancements, cowboys, and mutually assured destruction.
In this episode, Bronwen looks at human psychology (and human folly) to explain why this literary principle is something we ALL need to be taking seriously, as the survival of humanity depends upon it...
Anton Chekhov: Collection of Five Plays
“The Pistol on the Wall: How Coercive Military Intervention Limits Atrocity Prevention Policies,”
Report of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament