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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Your Homework


If you haven't seen it, ya need to rent (or buy) "Why We Fight," Eugene Jarecki's brilliant doc on the military, industrial, CONGRESSIONAL institution.

It's chilling, and seeks to answer (Mick's) simple question (to the crowd at Altamont): Why are we fighting?

After watching the film, I'm sure you'll agree that freedom is just another word for HalliburtonExxonBechtelTitanRaytheonBP, et al.

The key excerpt from Ike's speech (which helps to frame the film):
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 militaryindustrial 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 man was way ahead of his time.

However, they heard his message...and took over the councils of government.

More later...


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    By Blogger Carlton Noles, at 8:36 AM  

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    By Blogger Carlton Noles, at 8:36 AM  

  • Dude, what happened to your links?

    By Blogger Sumisu, at 9:47 AM  

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