Does the work of nuclear disarmament groups prove that violence is not the answer to problems in the world today? Maybe so. The failure of MAD and the success of the Non-Violent Direct Action Movement are testaments to the survival and effectiveness of non-violent protest. One statement can be made, however, with great infallibility: The work of anti-nuclear groups was vital to the cause of nuclear disarmament, which then greatly diminished Cold War tensions. Finally, the masses realized that the government was not always looking to maintain peace, and that it would go to great lengths to preserve secrets and information that, at the government’s discretion, compromised “public safety”. This knowledge of government was vital during the Cold War, but more importantly it is needed if the public is to survive in the future.