Military-Industrial Complex Warning turns 50

This past Martin Luther King Day Jan 17th also marked the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address warning of the “military-industrial complex.”  Televised across the nation on January 17th, 1961, Eisenhower’s speech on the eve of newly elected President Kennedy’s inauguration warned: 

“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.”

Eisenhower was also known for his famous quote: “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.”  A five-star general, Eisenhower was keenly aware of growing militarization and the costs to our society… his warning is as relevant today as ever.

WATCH  Eisenhower’s warning in an excerpt from the movie “Why We Fight.”

TAKE ACTION:  Screen Eugene Jarecki’s documentary  “Why We Fight” in your community or share this clip and start  a discussion on being vigilant against the military-industrial complex.