Its Rational Basis
by Noam Chomsky
Surveying the historical record, we can find examples of societies so organised that they drifted towards catastrophe with a certain inevitability, systematically avoiding steps that could have changed this course. US society is an example, except that in this case the catastrophe that les ahead involves national and perhaps global suicide. It is hardly unrealistic to surmise that we may be entering the terminal phase of history. The author focuses on the United States, with special reference to its involvement in the countries of Central America and the Middle East.