Eisenhower’s Farewell

Though his warning about the military-industrial complex gets the most play, Eisenhower also expressed concern over public policy becoming a “captive of a scientific, technological elite” and of our democracy turning into an “insolvent phantom”.  Fifty years doesn’t seem like such a long time ago, but it sure looks and sounds different…

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For comparison, here’s the last speech of everyone to follow: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush.