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March 23, 2011

Democracy under threat

In the 1960s, US President Dwight Eisenhower warned that democracy was under threat from something he called the "military-industrial complex".

He said, "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".

What he is saying is that the military culture in the US - where the number of guns you own and how often you've used them is a sign of status - is devolving the democratic dream of equality for all, because military prowess is equal to power over others.

Here is his speech:

What do you think?