Barbara Tuchmann's classic study of nations that pursue self-defeating polices...Vietnam War, the popes, etc. Policy makers FEEL ETHICALLY VIRTUOUS. What does that look like and do we have that in spades today?
By this time, we will have continued on our national MARCH OF FOLLY, People will be elected who will REFUSE TO SOLVE NATIONAL PROBLEMS.
What did that look like in the past and what does it look like today?
Tuchmann's The March Of Folly requires four conditions: 1. policies that are counter productive, 2. everyone knows they are at the time, 3. several administrations insist upon them and 4. easy alternatives are available.