In the midst of the Cold War, Richard Poll asserts that reason can prevent the onset of World War III. Because of the high cost of a nuclear war, countries are more hesitant in starting a conflict. The four main dangers America faces in encouraging another general war (doing too little, doing too much, doing too little and then too much, and confusing success with failure) can be overcome by using logic and reason. Thus the people themselves have the ability, through reason, to prevent a third world war.
Poll, Richard D.
"America and the Rational Road to Peace,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 3
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol3/iss3/2