Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Like Ike

"The old Republican Party of Robert Taft and Dwight Eisenhower was a fiscally conservative party of Northeasterners and Midwesterners who favored balanced budgets and viewed foreign wars and military spending with suspicion; recall Eisenhower’s warning about the 'military-industrial complex,'" writes Michael Lind — The war socialism of the American right. "The Republican Party of Ronald Reagan and his successors is based in the Southern and Western 'Gun Belt,' whose economy of military contracting and subsidized agriculture and energy was largely created by New Deal Democrats in World War II and the Cold War." And then there's this devastating paragraph:
    If you are a right-wing white Southern Republican, you can spend your entire life as a ward of the state. You can serve in the socialist economy of the military and then, as a retired officer, you can go to work for a semi-socialist major defense contractor. Both in your active-duty career, your career in the pseudo-private defense contractor sector and your retirement, you will be one of the privileged Americans who enjoy a system of socialized, single-payer healthcare -- the Veterans Administration. And throughout your career as a state functionary in the socialist military sector, you can grumble about big government and denounce liberals who don’t understand private enterprise. If this is Orwellian Doublethink, it is no different from that of progressives who vote for candidates who promise a new New Deal and then attack middle-class entitlements, govern on behalf of Wall Street and support multinationals that seek to offshore even more industrial jobs.
On a similar theme, Jacob G. Hornberger reminds us that the gist of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's above-mentioned "fascinating warning to the American people," was that "Big Government was a necessary evil but because of the Cold War" and "[o]nce the communist threat was vanquished, Big Government proponents argued, we could dismantle the standing army and the military-industrial complex" — Dismantle America’s Military Behemoth. "When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, along with the Berlin Wall, the time had finally come to dismantle the huge military behemoth that had been constructed over the almost 5 decades of the Cold War.... But the military and the military-industrial complex would hear nothing of it."

Mr. Hornberger concludes, 'The American people would be wise to heed the warning of President Eisenhower," calling it "a necessary prerequisite to restoring a free and prosperous society and a limited-government republic to our land."

[links via A conservative blog for peace]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way dude

The military is awesome

7:51 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

What a dupe I was! Now I realize that the convergence of Transhumanism and Militarism will finally set us free, eternally!

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly is your issue with mitochondria producing 33% more ATP?

Is that really so bad?

Also this document isn't all transhumanistic: much of its content concerns reverse-engineering of biological processes for use in machines, bionics if you will, although it's becoming harder and harder to distinguish cybernetics and bionics.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

I'm liking Ike more and more these days.

And I've always admired Robert Taft.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What exactly is your issue with mitochondria producing 33% more ATP?"

Still waiting for an answer.

Despite whatever you may believe, energy doesn't come from Jesus.

2:15 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

No real issue, except for the militaristic implications. Armies of ATP-rich soldiers are not my thing. We need a separation of State and Science, I say.

Call me romantic, but I look fondly back to the days when Holy Mother Church was patroness of the sciences, when Kepler's theories were confirmed in the Bologna Cathedral, for example. Advances then were made for knowledge, not for death.

3:22 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

Re: Western,

What was the ATP thing about? That seems to be one of those missives that got deleted.

OTOH, a slight scan through chapter 8 was interesting, and sounds like it could be a good solution to vehicle energy use, especially if convertible to an appropriate technology use.

Then a lot more countries could use automotive and engine technology to earn what is needful peacefully and without having to either be exploited for needed resources or taking over others. It would, if as successful as claimed, be able to reduce the use of capital (fossil fuels) and increase the use of income (energy) to have a functioning economy.

9:48 AM  
OpenID danightman said...


Was it the chapter entitled "enhanced human performance and Metabolic engineering"?

A lot of those chapters sound like some bad applications. The dream of obedient super-soldiers for the scientific dictatorship. Super-alphas for the World Controllers.

Mustapha Mond would love it.

9:53 AM  

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