This is an adapted excerpt from my new book, The Economics of Revolution. I: The Ultra-Rich .01% II: The Systematic Impoverishment of Society III: Economic Slavery IV: Hidden Wealth & Shadow Ba…
Announced in Dandalion Salad this book, of which this is a summarizing article is one more testimonial of the sore state of the US society..Warning started with President Dwight Eisenhower famous speech warning us of the dangers of the hegemony of the military, industrial comple, on January 17, 1961.
Let me write down here hjis words:
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
I believe the farewell address of the president was not heard…and the dangers he warned us for have become more and more unbearable…
I am Belgian, and maybe some will think this is none of my business. I think it is my business, since the World we have constructed is so interdependent and the Us so dominant a power, that the future of the World is at stake. Therefore I take the liberty to add my voice as I added some contributions to Larry Lessig’s Super pack meant to strike at the root of evil, instead of busy myself hacking at the branches of evil.(paraphrasing Henri David Thoreau…..