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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Settle differences “not with arms but intellect, decent purpose” -- Ike’s January 17 warnings

Security and liberty depend on an alert, knowledgeable citizenry capable of properly weaving an industrial military machinery with peaceful methods and goals
Excerpt, minor edit by Carolyn Bennett

Essential roundtable of equals

…During the long lane of the history yet to be written … this world of ours, growing ever smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate; and must instead be a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do [those] protected by … moral, economic, and military strength. Though scarred by many fast frustrations of the battlefield – that table, despite past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of disarmament.…

e pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations may have their great human needs satisfied 

 …That those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full

…That all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings.

…That those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility

That all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity;
…That … scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth

…That in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

The United States of America’s Thirty-Fourth President: Dwight David Eisenhower (b.1890, d. 1969); Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1952); US president (January 20, 1953-January 20, 1961); his Farewell Address on this date in 1961 [Excerpt].

Beware public-private collusion manufacturing violence

ntil 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 we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense.… [But] Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of the Federal government.… [And] …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.

[Therefore] 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…
…America’s leadership and prestige depend not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength; but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Ensure free yet balanced learning, scholarship, inquiry

he free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.

For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.  Yet, in respecting scientific research and discovery, as we should, we must also be alert to an equal and opposite danger, that public policy can itself become captive to the scientific-technological elite.

It is the task of [those who exercise political leadership wisely and without narrow partisanship] to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

Ever care, conservation, moderation

…Maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow.

We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come; not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

isarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose [settle] differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment.

As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. …

Left to the citizen 

nly 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.

Sources and notes

Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address delivered January 17, 1961, American Rhetoric (transcript), Audio mp3 of Address, http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.html
“Contractors 'raping' government for profit, & do sanctions on Russia work?” (E162),  January 17, 2015 08:30, Afshin Rattansi goes underground (in part) with Kirk Wiebe, an NSA veteran and whistleblower, who warns that private contractors are destroying intelligence agencies and ‘raping’ governmental institutions for profit. http://rt.com/shows/going-underground/223603-human-rights-nsa-uk/

Also in the January 17, 2015, edition of “Going Underground,” Afshin Rattansi with author Harry Gibson on “the power of sanctions”; and too “an airstrike on Al-Bab in Syria which according to a Syrian human rights group killed over 50 civilians; UK Prime Minister’s Questions highlighting “David Cameron struggling with questions over Saudi Arabia’s decision to lash a blogger, saying ‘no harm’ came to 57 people who reportedly died in East Anglia because ambulances did not arrive, and a report suggesting UK tax may have been funding extremist groups”; also a look at “Britain’s response to a regime (in Egypt) that allegedly murdered 1,400 political opponents, and has another 500 waiting to find out if they will be hanged – sending the largest trade delegation for a decade.” Going Underground http://fb.me/GoingUndergroundRT
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American author, astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist Carl Edward Sagan (1934 –1996)

A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

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