Critical Citizens

Military Industrial Complex

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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.  -- Will Rogers



With the United States so very dominant in defense capabilities, who would dare come against this country?  We have the capability to turn any city in the world into molten glass.  With the world wars now a distant schoolroom memory, and with our triumph over the Cold War, there are no enemies like before.  We were promised a "peace dividend" for our extraordinary military spending of the 1980s.  But, companies of such great size seek continued profitability, and they have the influence to pursue it. 

It is clear that now our country must battle a shadowy group of individuals who have managed to turn our defense industry inward on us.  We are now being defended on American soil in ways that would have been unimaginable ten years ago - and at great cost to our nation's wealth and our moral fiber.



President Eisenhower's warning to the American people.  January 17, 1961

"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 can prosper together."

In many ways, Great Britain has lead the way.  Culturally, socially, economically, the UK has foreshadowed what roads the United States takes in it's policies.  For an understanding of how professional militarism found it's way into the lives of British citizens, it may be helpful to view this video.

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