Friday, September 04, 2009

Eisenhower's fears of militarism and right-wing extremism

More background on Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style" and the ideas and fears (of fears!) behind Seven Days in May:
  • People did not seem familiar with President Eisenhower's warning against the "military-industrial complex." This clip from the film Why We Fight includes the good parts of that speech and also explains it. Watch it, and marvel that Ike was a Republican!
  • A New York Times column explains another Eisenhower warning, against people looking for answers from authoritarian leaders, like General Scott in the movie.
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