"Ike’s Last Stand"
"Fifty years ago, Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex," reminds The American Conservative, offering the "five views of his prophetic Farewell Address" that follow:
- "How–and why–Ike’s farewell was written" expalined by Robert Schlesinger — Drafting History.
- "Eisenhower identified more than one threat to the republic," says Patrick J. Deneen of the president's "short but profound masterpiece" — Science of Tyranny.
- "Ike’s anti-militarist roots" delineated by Bill Kauffman in his appreciation of "the last president confident enough to name, and even sometimes take on, the military-industrial complex" — The Other Eisenhowers.
- "Idealism, not economics, drives American militarism," argues Michael C. Desch, suggesting the address's "most famous line was wide of the mark in identifying the roots of America’s subsequent global overreach" — The Liberal Complex.
- "Eisenhower’s farewell speech was a long and nearly hysterical argument for the Cold War," counters Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., noting that the president "vastly expanded the garrison state" — I Don’t Like Ike.