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MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the American Nation on January 17, 1961 , made the following excerpted representation on his critical concerns about dangers of the “military-industrial complex”.

Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…

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 statehouse, 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.

The consequences of the military-industrial complex as been to put pressure on government to primarily support the commercial capitalistocratic interests associated with “industries of war” that could destroy our planet several times over, while depriving vital needed resources being allocated to vital quality-of-living areas. These include redressing worsening poverty, supporting vital public healthcare, education, and affirming environmental protection related mechanism.

MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

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