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We got Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Right here in the USA, it starts with “M-I-C” and that stands for “Military Industrial Complex” Ver. 1.0.1

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The Philosopher
3/1/2015

How the Military-Industrial Complex Was Created

During the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) administration that began in 1933, the U.S. military capability was minimal at best. During WWI, horses were the main power source and by 1936, the world power was the internal combustion engine. In 1929, after the Stock Market crashed a Great Depression and had gripped the USA and Europe, people were out of work and in breadlines across the USA and Europe. Hitler was appointed as Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg in 1933. Hitler increased the power of the state police (Gestapo) and eliminated his advisories. He raised Germany out of their depression by building “war machines,” and he put the workers back to work building these war machines. Hitler overpowered his neighboring countries, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Crete, and was taking on Russia. He used his conquest resources to build more war machines. The USA was in a mindset of “Isolationism” and did not want to get involved in another war in Europe. Hitler was making advances on England and Prime Minister Churchill was corresponding with FDR to supply England with war machines. To appease the U.S. public, FDR came up with the “Lend Lease Act,” which stated that the USA would lend war machines to England, but after the war, they must be returned to the USA. One of the big concerns expressed at this time of isolationism was that if the USA was equipped with war machines, they would be put into a position of needing those war machines themselves. C. G. Jung expressed in about 1938, that when one country arms itself with war machines, their neighbors will feel threatened and will also arm their country with war machines. i In 1940, the USA had a smaller army than Belgium, but by December, 1941, the USA increased production of war machines and increased its army fourfold. On August 14, 1941, The Atlantic Charter was formed and by 1942, 24 nations stated their support for the Atlantic Charter (including USSR and China). ii

The USA began making war machines and we were shipping them to England. German subs were causing heavy losses on USA and Allied ships. The USA developed anti-U-Boat technology and averted this problem.

In the South Pacific, Japan chose to bomb and torpedo the U.S. ships in Pearl Harbor, declaring war on the USA. The USA responded with a declaration of war against Japan. Japan and Germany were Allies and Hitler responded with a declaration of war against the USA. The USA responded with the mass production of war machines. The Ford Motor Plant was turning out a B-24 Liberator every 59 minutes. The B-24 ended World War II as the most produced heavy bomber in history. At over 18,400 units – half by Ford Motor Company – it still holds the distinction as the most-produced American military aircraft.

All the qualifying men were called to come to the aid of their country. The women were entering the work force by the multitude. Briggs and Myers, a mother daughter team of phycologists, applied Jungian “Personality Types” to place all these women in jobs to which they would best excel at making war machines. The USA was facing a shortage of workers and the USA was coming out of the Great Depression.

After WWII, President Eisenhower warned the U.S. public, in a radio broadcast in 1961, about the “Military Industrial Complex.”

Excerpts from President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s address to the nation, 1961

“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 military-industrial complex. 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. 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. Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the 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 holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of scientific-technological elite. It is the task of statesmanship 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.”

“Down the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, 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 we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose 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.” iii

“So, in this my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

“You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

“To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

“We 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 spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and 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.”iv

Foreign Aid

The USA provides Foreign Aid to countries in the form of war machines. Essentially one town in the USA builds the Abram Tank, which we give to Egypt and others in the form of Foreign Aid. Egypt does not have a real use for the Abram Tank at this time, so they are still stored in their crates in Egypt. The USA cannot stop building Abram Tanks as it would virtually put a whole town out of work and disrupt the U.S. economy.

The Future of the USA

The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power in the USA exists and will persist. The USA has become stuck on producing and inventing new war machines to keep the USA economy strong, as all our recent presidents have claimed in their State of the Union addresses. Because of the military capabilities of the USA, the USA is continually asked to intervene in some group’s struggle for freedom. Would the USA not be better to consider itself a role model for restraint and peace than to become an aggressor against all those who see the world differently than the USA? We are called upon to use our weapons of war because we have those weapons of war. If we did not have these weapons of war, we would not need these weapons of war. By having these weapons of war, we are a threat to those who do not have them and they are going to react to this situation with covert operations against the USA. The USA then reacts to their reactions, calls them “terrorists” and conducts a campaign of extermination against those reacting to the U.S. military might.

The USA is caught in what was known in early computer programing as a “Do Loop.” One “Do This” statement in the program led to another “Do This” statement, and the program was stuck in a “Do Loop.” The program accomplished nothing; it just spun around in this “Do Loop.” This is the situation the USA is stuck in with our Military Industrial Complex; we are stuck in a “Do Loop” with no exit. The USA needs to put their trust in a higher power than the military might we have accumulated. That is our only long term solution to living in peace, freedom and with liberty.

References:

i C. G. Jung on Arming Nations, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Vintage Books Edition, 1965
ii http://www.black-schaffer.org/david/notes/classes/hist53/paxton_chapter_15.html
iii http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html
iv Ibid