1961 : President Eisenhower Precisely Predicted The Demise Of Science

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

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.

He predicted that computer models would replace thought.

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.

He predicted that Federal money would corrupt science

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 a scientific technological elite.

He predicted that the same corrupt scientists would control public policy.

In the councils of government, 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.  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.

There was a time when Presidents were working for the good of the American people.

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3 Responses to 1961 : President Eisenhower Precisely Predicted The Demise Of Science

  1. Andy DC says:

    Ike was a brilliant man and a great, but somewhat unappreciated President. He used to catch hell for playing too much golf.

  2. greg2213 says:

    “There was a time when Presidents were working for the good of the American people.” Aside from the first two or three, when was this?

  3. So we now have a new Lysenkoism much more perniciuos than the original.

    Can a bunch of amateur bloggers bring about its downfall?

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